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Sydney Horse Transport backs a winner with Isuzu

The quest for exceptional reliability and uptime saw Sydney Horse Transport buy its first Isuzu trucks 12 years ago.

The company’s owner, Adam Maley, said he has bought Isuzu trucks ever since.

Having begun as a two-truck operation in Coffs Harbour 20 years ago, the business has expanded throughout NSW and into other states including Victoria and Queensland.

Specialising in transporting horses on a daily basis, the company’s attention to detail and reliability have reportedly resulted in its services being trusted by some of the best trainers in the world, including Chris Waller, Gai Waterhouse, Gerald Ryan and Gary Moore.

On the working relationship between Chris Waller and Sydney Horse Transport, Maley said, "It’s pretty routine, if it’s working there was no reason to fix it".

When it comes to transporting cherished, prize-winning racehorses such as Waller’s Winx, Maley has the means to cover all bases.

"He would request the same driver, the same Isuzu truck and same procedure, and we were there to supply and meet his expectations," said Maley.

"There was a lot of welcome pressure during those days, analysing traffic reports and keeping our eyes on the live cameras so there are no accidents or hold-ups and Winx isn’t spending more time than she needs to on the road.

"Being a part of that process and watching her continue to win was extremely satisfying," he said.

The stars of Maley’s Isuzu fleet include a FXD 165-350 and FRR 110-260. The FRR is rated at 191kW with torque of 761 Nm at 1,400 – 2,400 rpm, while the FXD is rated at 257kW with torque of 1,422 Nm at 1,400 rpm.

"Reliability is paramount in my industry, you can’t afford to have horses sitting on the side of the road with trucks breaking down and not being up to standard," said Maley.

Both trucks run Allison automatic transmissions featuring fifth-generation electronic controls with adaptive shift.

"The trucks have a great turning circle and they’re very comfortable to drive," said Maley. "The drivers can be in them for quite a number of hours and they’re not returning sore, tired or stressed, and instead returning quite fresh."

Additionally, Maley said the biggest benefit Isuzu gives his business is convenience, particularly when it comes to servicing.

"Gold Coast Isuzu is very quick, when you get a vehicle serviced and maintained they have it ready to go quite promptly," he said. "And if there are any potential problems looming, Gold Coast Isuzu has them resolved before they can start."

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