Sydney Horse Transport selects Allison Transmission to give precious racehorses a smoother ride to the track
13th August 2020
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Sydney Horse Transport, one of Australia’s leading racehorse transport specialists, has chosen Allison automatic transmissions for 12 of its Isuzu F-Series horse transporters.

Sydney Horse Transport (SHT) moves some of the best and most valuable race horses around Australia, and is tasked with ensuring they arrive at their destinations in good condition and in an unstressed state. To achieve this the company specifically selected Allison automatic transmissions for its latest Isuzu trucks.

“The Allison Automatics deliver the smoothest ride and the best comfort for the horses, particularly in city traffic, to ensure we deliver them safe and sound, but also without stress and anxiety,” said Maley. “The automatics are better both in and out of traffic, with less jerkiness and a smoother overall performance, which is nicer for the horses because they can become anxious when the ride is jerky or jolting them during transport.

Sydney Horse Transport (SHT) specialises in transporting horses across the country on a daily basis to and from spelling paddocks, stables, race meetings and barrier trials. The specialist race horse transport company purchased its first Isuzu’s equipped with Allison automatic transmissions just over a year ago and now has 12 Allison-equipped Isuzus. The rest of the fleet is scheduled to be upgraded to all new rigid medium-duty trucks with Allison Automatics in the coming months.

“The automatics are better vehicles to drive and our drivers love them because they can concentrate on ensuring the journey is easier and more comfortable for the horses, which is really important because the trainers want the horses arriving at the track relaxed and ready to race,” said Maley.“Although in the past we have always had manual trucks, our experience with the Allison Automatics means that all new trucks we add to the fleet will be specified with Allison Automatics.”

Sydney Horse Transport‘s dedication to the service it provides is paramount and the delivery of that service, as well as the reliability it’s become renown for, has resulted in it becoming trusted by the leading race horse trainers in Australia. It also led to SHT becoming the only horse transport company trusted to move champion sprinter, Winx, during its world-record-breaking run of 36 consecutive major race wins.

All of the Allison-equipped SHT Isuzu’s are rigid models, with either the FRR of the FXD models. The trucks are fitted with specialised horse-carrying bodies, a six-horse loading bodies on the FRRs and nine-horse side-loading bodies on the larger FXDs. The FRRs are rated at 191 kW with 761Nm of torque and are mated to the Allison 2500 SeriesTM six-speed fully automatic transmission. The FXD is rated at 257 kW with 1,422 Nm of torque and are mated to the Allison 4430 SeriesTM six-speed automatic. All of the trucks are also equipped with airbag rear suspension and other features necessary to keep the horses comfortable and safe.

“The Allison transmissions have proven to be the right choice and our drivers tell me they work very well in-and-out of traffic, particularly in slow speed manoeuvring and also on the highway at  cruising speed. Reliability is an absolute essential when delivering precious horses fresh to race tracks and is something that cannot be compromised. When we have to have a horse or a number of race horses at a race track for a race meeting then we just can’t afford for the truck to let us down,” said Malay. I had absolute confidence in the Allison transmissions because they have a proven track record in so many heavy applications from concrete agitators to waste removal, where they have to work hard all day, so I knew they would provide the reliability we needed.”

Sydney Horse Transport started as a two-truck operation almost 20 years ago in the regional city of Coffs Harbour, on the north coast of New South Wales by owner Adam Maley. It has since expanded within NSW and into other regions and states, such as Victoria and Queensland.

Image – The specialist racehorse transport company runs Allison automatic transmission featuring fifth-generation electronic controls with adaptive shift, resulting in a smoother drive which the racehorses require.

Image – Allison transmissions help Sydney Horse Transport move some of the best and most valuable racehorses around Australia and is tasked with ensuring they arrive at their destinations in good condition and in an unstressed state.

Image – Sydney Horse Transport’s Isuzu FXD is rated at 257 kW with 1,422 Nm of torque and is mated to the Allison 4430 SeriesTM six speed automatic.

About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. defense vehicles, as well as a supplier of commercial vehicle propulsion solutions, including electric hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems. Allison products are used in a wide variety of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (school, transit and coach), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction applications) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,500 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.