Jock­eys hon­our Singer

Piako Post - - OUT & ABOUT - MAT KERMEEN

Jumps jock­eys have worn black arm bands at Te Aroha on Sun­day as a mark of re­spect for their for­mer col­league Cody Singer.

Singer, 26, died Tues­day last week, but Sun­day’s open hur­dle and open steeple­chase was the first race day ap­pear­ance for jumps jock­eys since Singer’s death.

The Wairarapa-based Singer, who rode Cape Ki­naveral to vic­tory in the 2012 Grand Na­tional Steeple­chase, re­tired from race day rid­ing back in 2014 fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous in­jury but re­mained a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the jump­ing scene. His fu­neral will be held at The Sal­va­tion Army Wor­ship and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Levin.

Singer rode 36 win­ners in a ca­reer that be­gan back in the 2005/06 sea­son be­fore re­tir­ing on med­i­cal ad­vice.

Mean­while, the open hur­dle at Te Aroha was won by the John Wheeler-trained Stormin Nor­man.

Wheeler’s wife Linda, told Track­side TV that Stormin Nor­man, who was hav­ing his first start since re­turn­ing from Aus­tralia, is a chance to con­test Satur­day’s Great North­ern Hur­dle if he comes through Sun­day’s win in good or­der.

In the open steeple­chase, Thenames­bond made the most of a drop back in class to score his sec­ond win over the big­ger fences at just his fourth start. The race was ham­pered by rid­er­less horses Mr Kan­ton and Brok Bak lead­ing the field for much of the 4200m jour­ney.

Nei­ther of the horses or their jock­eys were in­jured.

‘‘Singer rode 36 win­ners in a ca­reer that be­gan back in 2005/06.’’

KEVIN STENT/STUFF

Cody Singer’s fu­neral will he held in Levin on Mon­day.

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