Hall of Fame for Chittick and Dye

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - DEN­NIS RYAN

Last Fri­day night in Hamil­ton Garry Chittick and Shane Dye joined rac­ing’s pan­theon of stars amongst nine fresh in­ductees to the New Zealand Rac­ing Hall of Fame.

Ev­ery se­cond year since 2006, a se­lec­tion of rac­ing’s most fa­mous par­tic­i­pants – hu­man and equine – have joined the il­lus­tri­ous list that in­cludes sev­eral in­trin­si­cally linked to Mata­mata.

Dave and Lance O’Sul­li­van, Jim Gibbs, Hor­licks and Mr Tiz have now been joined by the district’s most suc­cess­ful breeder and most in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised jockey.

Garry Chittick and his fam­ily ar­rived in Mata­mata from the lower North Is­land in 1994 and set to work mould­ing Waikato Stud into an in­dus­try leader with a suc­ces­sion of lead­ing stal­lions and big win­ners around the world.

Shane Dye was born in Mata­mata and as an ap­pren­tice was a con­tem­po­rary of Lance O’Sul­li­van. Even as teenager he had bound­less am­bi­tion, which led to him trans­fer­ring to Syd­ney while still an ap­pren­tice. He can now look back on a list of wins that in­cludes the Mel­bourne Cup, Cox Plate and four suc­ces­sive Golden Slip­pers.

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