Staff


Here at L B Racing Pty Ltd, we are very proud of our team of staff. Everyone works well together, all are passionate about horses and there's no question on their commitment and experience. We would like to introduce them to you.


Liam Birchley

Trainer





Alan Russell

Foreman


Our Foreman Alan Russell was a champion apprentice from 1992 – 1996. During his first year as an apprentice Alan won the Gold Coast apprentices title before winning the Brisbane apprentices title in each of his last three years as an apprentice.
Alan rode as a senior jockey up until the age of 26 before his weight got the better of him forcing him into early retirement. His love of race riding saw him attempt to make a number of comebacks but each time his weight became a problem. During Alan’s time as a jockey he was associated with a number of very good horses including crowd favourites Chief De Beers and Falvelon. Alan ventured overseas to ride in Singapore where he also had some good success.
When Alan stopped riding he was sought after and entrusted with taking horses to Hong Kong for the International meeting and also to Dubai for the World Cup. During his riding career he rode a number of winners for Liam and on retirement from race riding became Liam’s number one track rider for 15 years up until being injured in track work accident.
Alan brings a great deal of experience to the role of Eagle Farm foreman and in Liam's absence is often found overseeing the daily gallops or saddling runners on race day.



Matthew (Matty) Henderson

Manager Archer Park


Growing up in the suburb of Canterbury in Sydney 2km from the racecourse it was inevitable Matty was destined for a career in the racing industry. At the age of 14 he became a stablehand/strapper, quickly graduating to riding trackwork. Later enjoying two successful seasons as leading amateur jockey in NSW in 1986-87. This lead him to commencing a short lived apprenticeship which came to a halt due to weight issues.
As so often happens when one door closes and another one opens which led to Matty taking a casual position as a barrier attendant, then not knowing this would shape his future in the racing industry. He was quickly given a full time position with the AJC which would last 20 years conducting duties such as track supervisor and overseeing all training operations at Warwick Farm for five to six hundred horses. This saw him promoted to the role of Assistant Starter before being promoted again to Senior Starter of all AJC races.
When the role of Head Starter with Racing Queensland became available Matty was the successful applicant which saw the Henderson family of Matty his wife Lyne and young daughter Aimee relocate to Brisbane.
In his time at Racing Queensland he was promoted to Operations Manager overseeing all the starting and judging operations for all 3 codes of racing, a position he held for 7 years before joining QRIC for 18 months.

Through his connection with Liam the opportunity to move to greener pastures and enjoy country living arose when Liam built Archer Park. Matty was offered the role of Archer Park Manager, a position he gladly accepted in January 2017.

We value greatly Matty’s many years of experience in the racing industry which spans across a number of areas making him a very well credentialed person for the role of Archer Park manager.