Josh Julius has a rich racing pedigree and it comes as no surprise that the 28-year-old has chosen a career as a thoroughbred trainer.
Julius hails from the Western Victorian region where his father, Geordie, was a successful jumps hoop whose most notable success came in the Grand National and A.V. Hiskens Steeplechase double in 1984 aboard Kiwi jumper, Gogong.
His grandfather, Leo, is a well known horseman mostly for his role of Clerk of the Course at the Warrnambool racecourse for over 50 years. Leo's wife Maureen is a horse trainer, as is his aunty Anne McGrath - renowned for her knockout Group 1 victory as an owner with Ciaron Maher trained, Tears I Cry, in the 2007 Emirates Stakes of which a young Julius was the strapper.
Being bred into such a horse prone family, Josh was bound to end up on horseback very early in life. He remembers riding Shetland ponies in his early childhood which logically progressed to Pony Club. He represented the Wannon Zone of Pony Clubs at a number of state championship events in Showjumping and Mounted Games and he also competed at Equitana at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, winning the A Grade Pony Club Showjumping competition aboard an off the track thoroughbred called Uptown Johnny, before he became involved in more serious competition when growing out of pony club and was a regular representative for Equestrian Victoria in interstate Showjumping competitions as a junior/young rider across the nation whilst also competing at open level.
With a solid grounding in the equine industry throughout his adolescence, Julius stepped into the racing game and has carved his knowledge working for Group 1 winning trainers Ciaron Maher and Darren Weir as well as foreman roles with Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell and Albury (now Scone) based Brett Cavanough. Along the way working and listening to obtain as much information from these gifted horseman in a variety of roles eager to learn from his predecessors.
Julius' extensive résumé has groomed him into the complete horseman varying from trackwork rider to equine dentistry - in which he runs his own part time business that gels nicely with the running of his training. He has a thorough understanding of the thoroughbred and can offer horses the one-on-one attention they deserve in a tranquil environment to get them performing at their best.