Magical 50 wins notched up
they make the field,’’ he says.
Two other locally-trained winners at Matamata last Friday made their contribution to their trainers’ tallies. The first was Fairy Cake, co-trained by Melbourne-based Mike Moroney and his Matamata partner Chad Ormsby.
Since joining Ballymore Stables in 2012, Chad has left a positive impression with his approach and the results have flowed.
Last season he saddled up 33 winners and over the past 12 months has taken a further step up the ladder with a current tally of 40 taking Ballymore back into the trainers’ premiership top 10.
Silk Chardonnay’s Matamata win extended Karen Fursdon’s career best tally to 19, easily bettering her previous high of 13 wins in 2011-12 and the 17 wins she and her former training partner, brother Kevin, achieved in the 1996-97 season.
Willow Stables is one of Matamata’s longest standing, back to the days of Karen and Kevin’s father Norm Crawford.
Since going solo nearly a decade ago, Karen has continued to seek the sage counsel of her father, who still lives on the family property.
Let’s not forget that brother Kevin also still has his uses, as proven recently when he supervised daily activities while Karen and her husband Kevin enjoyed their latest European holiday.
On Saturday one of Matamata’s lower profile trainers, Glynn Brick, continued a decent run of form with his small team when He’s Dan returned to Te Rapa for a repeat of his win at the same venue two weeks earlier.
That took Glynn’s season tally to five wins, bettering last season’s previous best of three.
FIFTY WINS: Kanali (Craig Grylls) brings up the half-century of wins for Graham Richardson at Matamata last Friday.