Mag­i­cal 50 wins notched up

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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.

Photo: RACE IM­AGES

FIFTY WINS: Kanali (Craig Grylls) brings up the half-century of wins for Gra­ham Richard­son at Mata­mata last Fri­day.

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