Re­tire­ment and rac­ing, treat­ing cou­ple well

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

For­mer Auck­land cou­ple Grant and Joanne Kings­ford are loving life in ru­ral Mata­mata - and race­horses are a big part of that.

Af­ter op­er­at­ing a truck body fab­ri­ca­tion busi­ness in South Auck­land, sev­eral years ago they de­cided to es­cape the city and re­tire to a life­style block near Mata­mata. Ini­tially Grant com­muted be­tween his new home and work, but last year he shook off the shack­les and is now hap­pily re­tired.

Horses came into the Mata­mata plan, be­gin­ning with a brood­mare, for­mer handy Bal­ly­more Sta­bles per­former Dahling, and the in­evitable prog­eny fol­lowed.

To her first mat­ing with Rich Hill stal­lion Any Sug­ges­tion, in 2010 Dahling pro­duced a grey filly now known as Dahls De­light, and a year later an­other filly, Its A Kinda Magic, to Kingston Lodge stal­lion Tiger Prawn.

Who bet­ter to choose than near Tai­hoa South Road neigh­bours Peter and Jess Bros­nan to do the train­ing?

Grant be­came a reg­u­lar at morn­ing track­work help­ing out his train­ers and in Septem­ber 2014 at Te Aroha Dahls De­light notched the first win for the com- bi­na­tion.

In the space of a month last win­ter Dahls De­light and Its a Kinda Magic both scored wins on their home track and in the past two weeks the sib­lings have brought fur­ther cause for cel­e­bra­tion with an­other brace of wins.

A fort­night ago Dahls De­light capped a run of plac­ings with vic­tory at Pukekohe, and it was the turn of Its A Kinda Magic to up­set the favourites Sun­day.

‘‘That’s more like it, we’d been hav­ing a bit of a lean run and now they’ve both won again,’’ said Grant in the Ro­torua win­ners’ room.‘‘

The Kings­ford dou­ble also con­tin­ued a rich run of form for the Bros­nan sta­ble, tak­ing Peter and Jess’s cur­rent tally to five and a top-10 po­si­tion on the train­ers’ pre­mier­ship. at Ro­torua on

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