Mark Donoghue has joined joined Ken and Bev Kelso in a three-way training partnership.
Matamata couple Ken and Bev Kelso have been joined in their training partnership by stable foreman Mark Donoghue.
The Kelsos have operated from their Matamata base since the 1970s, turning out a high proportion of quality performers comparative to their overall numbers, headed by the Group One winners Love Dance, Envoy, Xanadu, Bounding and Perfect Fit.
Donoghue has been involved in racing all his life and his experience includes previous training partnerships with Graham Richardson and Tony Pike. Last year he began working with the Kelsos and as stable foreman he recently oversaw operations while his employers took an extended overseas trip.
“Mark has fitted in very well here,” said Ken Kelso. “Having him and other good, reliable staff to rely on freed Bev and I up to to do something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
“We were in Europe for more than a month and to know things were taken care of back home meant a lot to us. Mark saddled up a winner while we were away and we won another race just after returning home.
“He’s a young guy keen to step up and Bev and I are only too happy to provide him with that opportunity.”
The new partnership’s first starter will be Trueman at Te Rapa on Saturday, while others in the wings include classy racemare Cote D’Or, who is nominated for the season’s first Group One race, the Tarzino Trophy at Hastings on September 1.