Young trainer makes a fly­ing start in rac­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘26-year-old Cody sad­dled up his first run­ner, For­tius, to fin­ish third at Avondale in midNovem­ber.’’

Cody Cole, one of the new­est re­cruits to Mata­mata train­ing ranks, has a made a fly­ing start to his ca­reer with two wins from just three starters.

The son of Te Kauwhata cou­ple Tony and Louise Cole and a fourth gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­ber to taker out his trainer’s li­cence, 26-year-old Cody sad­dled up his first run­ner, For­tius, to fin­ish third at Avondale in midNovem­ber.

A week later at Te Aroha he came up trumps with High Dis­tinc­tion, a first starter that he races in part­ner­ship with his par­ents and his sis­ter Celia.

Com­plet­ing the equa­tion, High Dis­tinc­tion was rid­den in that aus­pi­cious win by his part­ner Sa­man­tha Col­lett.

For­tius has been his only starter since, break­ing through for his first win at Tau­ranga last Fri­day.

De­spite be­ing born into a rac­ing fam­ily, horses haven’t dom­i­nated Cody’s life.

The sport of weight-lift­ing took up most of his teenage and young adult years, when he won nu­mer- ous ti­tles and rep­re­sented New Zealand at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow.

More re­cently, how­ever, rac­ing has been his fo­cus, com­bin­ing em­ploy­ment with Maun­gatau­tari train­ers Stephen Ram­say and Ju­lia Ritchie along­side es­tab­lish­ing a break­ing-in and pre-train­ing busi­ness with Sa­man­tha.

Their base is the prop­erty mid­way be­tween Mata­mata and Ti­rau owned by Sa­man­tha’s fa­ther Jim, who is now train­ing out of the former Wex­ford Sta­bles.

Cody has be­gun his train­ing ca­reer with a per­mit li­cence which re­stricts him to six race­horses, but the way he has hit his straps paves the way for ex­pan­sion.

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High Dis­tinc­tion scores the first of two wins from just three starters for young trainer Cody Cole.

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