Retirement and racing, treating couple well
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