As the new Administration Specialist for Wexford Stables, Michelle Dando, has dived into the role headfirst. Fitting into the team seamlessly, she has already stamped her mark in the office.
Always ready to offer a warm welcome to the stable, we are delighted to have Michelle on board and look forward to having her as part of the team ahead of what should be an exciting season. With a background in breeding, we learn about her special connection to Dark Destroyer and what horse has made an impression on her so far...
How did you first get involved in the racing industry?
Before I was born my Father, John Messent, was a leading Jockey. In the school holidays I would stay at my Grandad’s (Ian Bradbury) stables in Woodville, pottering around and riding the 'Old Hack' to and from the track.
What is your current role at Wexford?
My role at Wexford is Administration Specialist.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the office side of the Thoroughbred Industry. Nothing beats doing a job in a location with the horses on site and touchable.
I’m yet to find this - I've only been in the role a few weeks!
What has been your proudest racing moment with Wexford?
On 18.5.11 my home bred filly, She’s Invincible, won her first race. She was trained by Wexford Stables, with James McDonald aboard.
Do you have a soft spot for one horse in particular?
It has to be Dark Destroyer. Bred by a good client, Warwick Jefferies, Dark Destroyer was foaled at Bradbury Park. To be reunited with him at Wexford, with David and Di owning him, is just delightful. His characteristics and personality are very attractive.
One horse in the barn people should keep an eye on over the next few months?
Waitak – he has some presence about him that I really like in a horse.
What is your favorite thing about Wexford Stables?
It’s a family environment. You're taken in under Lance and Scotty’s professional guidance where attention to deal is imperative, complimented with an infectious passion and drive the team surrounding oozes. That environment alone breeds success.