Author: Dennis Ryan

Wiremu’s decision puts spotlight on apprentice challenges

Is it a crisis of confidence for just one person or for the whole apprentice jockey programme? I refer to the news this week that one of the country’s most promising apprentices, Wiremu Pinn, has pulled the pin on a career that promised so much. Fourth on the current season table with 32 wins, the […]

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Sponge Bob continues a golden run with bargain buys

Mercer couple Craig Gray and Christine Wilkinson have a ready reply to the question of how much you need to spend in the hope of a decent racehorse.
$2,000 is the answer, as evidenced not once but twice during their brief involvement as thoroughbred breeders.

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On The Rocks lifts spirits at Wellfield

It’s not hard to detect the frustration in Bill Gleeson’s voice when discussing last Saturday’s Gr. 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes win by On The Rocks with the boss of Wellfield Lodge.
While only too happy to accept the accolades as the breeder of the tough grey entire, Gleeson moderates any celebrations when he talks of the hard row that not only On the Rocks sire Alamosa has to hoe, but also where operations such as his belong in the breeding industry.

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