Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Ciaron Maher has entered into a training partnership with David Eustace, effective from the 2018-19 season onwards.
Eustace has served as assistant trainer to Maher in recent times, the 27-year-old having built on his previous roles as assistant to Roger Varian in the UK for four years, and having also worked in Australia for Peter Snowden and Peter Moody.
The son of long-time Newmarket trainer James Eustace, David is now making the official step into the ranks as of Wednesday.
"For as long as I can remember it has always been horses and training, so to be granted this opportunity by Ciaron is a huge honour," Eustace said.
"I am extremely grateful for the faith being shown by Ciaron and we look forward as a partnership to continued success in the future."
Maher credited Eustace as being an integral part of his business, especially in recent times during the transition period when Aaron Purcell took charge of Maher's horses for a six-month period across the spring/autumn.
"David has been instrumental in the growth and success of the stable over the past 12 months," Maher said.
"During my period of suspension under Aaron Purcell, David ensured the seamless running of the yard. He has proven himself as a hard-working professional, learning the Ciaron Maher Racing way but also bringing new ideas to the fore. I am delighted to have David join me on the ticket."
Their first runner in partnership will be Smokin' Bella at Sale on Wednesday.
Maher has won ten Group 1s in his training career, including nine in the past four seasons - headlined by 2016 Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.