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PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth Jockey Club president Jill Bennington walked on to the Omoto track yesterday morning and gave the course the thumbs up for Sunday’s meeting.
“Our track man Jim Findlay has the course proper in great order and it is rated as a dead four this morning,” Bennington said. “The track has a good sole of grass
and will suit all runners. Kimberley and Maria Hampton galloped a couple of their Ikamatua horses earlier in the week and were impressed with the track and said
the horses were just marking the track which they also rated as a dead four, which is consistent. I’m looking for ward to Sunday’s meeting, we have a good 10-race
programme and it looks like the weather will be fine, with a bit of rain expected late on Sunday.” The first race gets under way at 12.38pm on Sunday.
Winton trainers Greg and Emma
Wright have been regular visitors
to the West Coast New Year racing
circuit and are looking for ward to
the racing and the local hospitality.
“ We have been really looking
for ward to coming up here and
just love the West Coast. As well
as racing our horses, we make it
a family holiday,” Emma Wright
“ We love the place and the people,
and the Greymouth Jockey Club
has been absolutely fantastic —
they can’t do enough for you out
here at Omoto. ”
The Wrights travel to Greymouth
with stable runners Point Proven
and Payment Pending and are
hopeful of getting a wet track for
the pair on the circuit.
Last year Point Proven won the
Hokitika Businesses Cup in a bog
but the forecast for Sunday does
not look favourable.
“ We were hoping for rain for him
and he would have been right in
contention — he’s very well and
likes to bowl along,” she said.
“ Payment Pending is starting
fresh, he’s 17.5 hands and has been
earmarked to go over the fences
after the circuit.
“ Both horses will travel back
with Kevin Myers to get their
jumping ticket after the West
“ We’ll then bring them back
home and there will be two more
horses to bolster the South Island
“ Both horses are real characters in
their own right and travelled well.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Winton trainer Emma Wright with daughter Georgia and son Porter and the family pet Sport , with stable
runners Payment Pending and Point Proven, waiting to race at Omoto.
The countdown is on for this year’s
Coast to Coast and Greymouth High
School’s participants are now in full
They left this morning on a training
run to Barrytown. From there some
were running to Blackball and then
kayaking back to Greymouth.
Principal Andy England said they
were practising different phases and
He will be part of a principals’
team in the event, and was doing the
kayaking leg today.
The girls’ team training for the Coast
to Coast is Ainslie Campbell (cycling),
Rachel Crawford (kayaking) and
Mikayla Sweetman (running).
The boys’ team includes teacher
Martin McDonald, who is training for
the cycle leg, Ben Williams (running)
and Max Rubbo (kayaking). Max’s
twin brother George Rubbo and John
Bruhn were doing all stages today as
part of their preparation.
The Kathmandu Coast to Coast
begins at Serpentine beach on
Friday, February 9, and for two-day
competitors finishes at New Brighton
beach, Christchurch, the next day.
PICTURE: Chris Tobin
Greymouth High School competitors in the Coast to Coast and their support crews before having a solid training session today.
Greymouth students training hard for Coast to Coast
Ruakaka trainers Kenny and Lisa
Rae normally make their mark on
the West Coast galloping scene at
The Riccarton-based partnership
is not afraid of travelling if the
prospects are good, and Kenny Rae
is optimistic of a good showing on
the West Coast circuit.
“ We have brought seven horses
over, one is a two-year-old just for
the experience,” Rae said.
“I ’m happy with the team and
would be disappointed if my horses
didn’t run well.”
Kaharau tackles the feature
race at Omoto on Sunday, the
Recreation Hotel Greymouth Cup,
and expectations are high with Lee
Callaway to ride.
“ He’s been freshened since
running well at Riccarton in the
New Zealand Cup in November.
He’s not a wet tracker and seems
fine and comes in well at the
weights. I’m more than happy with
him and he likes the Greymouth
track. Lee (Callaway) will suit him.
“Sensibility is in foal and has
been freshened, too, while Absolut
Excelencia meets a good field and
has a big weight to carry in the
“The horse has a new lease on
life since having a hurdle race, he’s
bright and will be competitive.
Augusta has come up all right and
he seems fine, so really I can see
the whole team being close to the
money all day,” Rae said.
“ We like the West Coast circuit
and the people — it’s a working
holiday for Lisa, myself and our
daughter Shanelle, and we just love
the hospitality down here.”
Rae expecting team to be
‘on the money’ at Omoto
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