Hall of Fame for Chittick and Dye
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.