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Catching Up with Peter Quirk

24th September, 2018

Peter Quirk can't remember a time that horses weren't discussed at the family dinner table seven days of the week, nor a time that he wasn't attending the races. Which is not at all surprising to hear considering his father was a rails bookmaker in Sydney and grandfather was a secretary of the Narrabri Jockey Club growing up, but nevertheless this was his introduction to a life long association with the thoroughbred industry.

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For 30 years, Peter has been in the business of shipbroking, with the last seven in his current role as Director at Affinity Shipbroking in Sydney which focuses on all aspects of dry cargo commodities where he directs a team of 20 plus staff. While shipbroker during the day, Peter has been among the thick of the thoroughbred industry in his help of old schoolmate and former Sydney trainer Sterling Smith (nephew to Tommy Smith) in assisting in the management of operations back in the 90's and early 2000's. During this time, Peter’s race horse ownership journey began, being involved in managing arguably (and according to Peter) Sterling's best horse, Brave Prince who won a Chelmsford Stakes, Tattersalls Cup, Bill Ritchie Handicap and two Scone Cups.

Following Sterling's retirement and after some unpleasant experiences with other syndicators, Peter soon turned his attention to Highclere after noticing the light and navy-blue silks feature consistently at Royal Ascot. An enquiry to the UK office was soon followed by a memorable phone call from Harry, and Peter soon become involved in his first Highclere horse called Commitment, who went on to provide his first runner at the Royal Meeting. A bucket list item ticked off from his first Highclere horse…

Since then Peter has enjoyed success both in the UK and now Australia with Libran flying the flag in recent seasons which culminated in his first Melbourne Cup runner last year. Another item ticket off the bucket list…

If he is not putting shipping deals together, dining out for lunch, or collecting lego, you will find Peter at the races, often flagged by his entourage of work colleagues and god son Harrison, who is fast learning Peter’s ways in how to pick a winner! And while he has seen possibly every high and low in the racehorse ownership game, we are fortunate to have Peter involved with Highclere and look forward to many more enjoyable days of racing with he and his entourage over the coming years. 

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