Steve O’Dea has been breathing racing since the day he could walk. The son of North Queensland trainer Graham O’Dea, Steve was helping his father out in the stable as soon as he was able. His passion for racing was only exacerbated by his granddad, prominent bookmaker, Joe Tyrell.
Academically talented, Steve enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics, but discovered during his studies that his love of horses far outweighed his determination to become a high flyer, and returned to further his education in the racing industry.
He ventured to the Gold Coast where he expanded his experience under the tutelage of master trainers Alan Bailey and Gillian Heinrich. Steve then continued his racing education, spending time with leading trainers Gai Waterhouse and Kevin Moses, as well as time with Trevor Bailey in Singapore.
After four years on the road, Steve returned to North Queensland to take over from his father who was retiring. In his first season, Steven achieved a 20% runners to winners strike rate.
In the coming seasons, a number of successful hit and run missions with stakes winners Kiss Me Katy and Go Cart encouraged Steve to make the move to Brisbane. With a stable of 28 horses at Eagle Farm and growing, O’Dea has a bright future in front of him.
A consummate professional, Steve constantly strives to better himself so that in turn he can ensure that he gets the very best from his horses and delivers the very best experience to his owners.