Colin trots up magic 2000-win milestone
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.