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Passing of Les Donald

  • Thu, 05 Apr 2018
  • Jess Smith, HRNZ Marketing

Canterbury breeder, owner and amateur driver Les Donald passed away on March 22 at BUPA Parkstone Care Home in Christchurch, age 65, after battling cancer.

As a breeder, Donald produced winners such as Dreamlover (14 wins), Aldebaran Dream (7 wins), Ho Chi Minh (7 wins), Dreamweaver (4 wins) and Pocket The Shilling (4 wins) while he also bred Janine Jaccka, dam of former Dominion winner Jaccka Justy.

Donald was a former Advanced Amateur driver and held his licence from 2009 to 2016, he also held a trainers licence in 2011 and 2012.

A marketing consultant in his day job, Donald was part of the early amateur driving movement well before tote racing was introduced, competing in non-tote events on race days.

He was successful in the 2010 Canterbury Amateur Driving Championship held at Motukarara and Rangiora, and competed in the national championship that year.

Donald was a loved and loving father of Carina. Loved son of Betty and Laurence (both deceased). Loved brother of Lyn. Friend and former husband of Barbara, and well known and respected by the amateur driving community.