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If there was anyone both into the sport of the trots more than Andy Gath then you’d have to go a long way to find them.

Gath comes from a family is synonymous with the sport, his upbringing entrenched in tradition and hands on learning that many never have the opportunity to experience.

The son of legendary trainer Neville Gath, Andy cut his teeth from a young age, living and working around trotting horses which has instilled an unteachable trait in the Long Forest trainer; horsemanship.

Gaining his license to train in April 1990, Gath recorded his first winner at Moonee Valley with Navy Scotch and brother Phil in the cart.

He also nailed the triple-threat of trainer’s titles – Australian Trainer Of The Year, Victorian Trainer Of The Year and Victorian Metropolitan Trainer Of The Year – in three consecutive years from 2001-2003.

His horsemanship however, is something anybody wanting to make it in the industry would yearn for but very few people know what a horse is thinking in the way that Gath does.

The record-breaking trainer was catapulted on to the front pages after returning to Melton in late 2005 and successfully training About To Rock to Hunter Cup success the next year.

In what was a training effort to remember, Gath had his gelding primed for the biggest race of the year and he duly saluted on the back of a charmed drive from wife Kate.

He has also trained some of Australia’s most love horses including La Coocaracha, Franco Sequel and Go Charles just to name a few.

The momentum built off the back of the duo’s famous win with About To Rock hasn’t stopped rolling either.

Gath continues to produce top class horses in the nation’s biggest races and Caribbean Blaster has claimed the place as the next stable superstar.

A winner of over $800,000, the Long Forest team caused a boil over in the 2012 Chariots Of Fire when the stallion prospect outclassed his rivals in one of the biggest tests of four-year-old speed in Australasia.

Concentrating on attention to detail has always been one of Gath’s most revered traits and with a record that backs up his ability to pick out a horse from a young age and take them all the way, there is no doubt the story still has plenty of pages left to be written.