Colin trots up magic 2000-win mile­stone

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MAS­TER reins­man Colin De Filippi has joined an elite club after clock­ing up his 2000th NZ driv­ing win.

He reached the mile­stone at Ad­ding­ton on Izmok, a horse he co-owns and co-trains with wife Julie, on Fri­day be­com­ing just the sixth New Zealand driver to join the 2000 win­ners club. He joins Tony Her­lihy, Mau­rice McKendry, Ricky May, David Butcher and Dex­ter Dunn.

De Filippi, who turned 65 in May, gained his first driv­ing win be­hind Brother Eden, trained by his fa­ther Rod, in a one-win pace at Grey­mouth 43 years ago.

He says race-driv­ing had changed over the years. ‘‘Now you have got to be up there be­cause they don’t come back to you like they used to.’’

He achieved the life­time am­bi­tion of ev­ery driver by win­ning the 2001 New Zealand Cup with top mare Kym’s Girl, who he co-trained with wife Julie.

‘‘You al­ways want to win a New Zealand Cup but it’s just one race,’’ he said.

‘‘And Our Mana, even though he didn’t win a New Zealand Cup, he ran sec­ond in it twice and was a good horse to have when I was get­ting started,’’ he said.

Colin De Filippi salutes the judge for the 2000th time on New Zealand soil.

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