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Meet the Team

Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM

Board - Chairman

Peter Archer

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Gilbert Southworth

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Glenn Holmes

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Bruce Darby

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Marcus Corban

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Lynn Collins

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Steve Davis

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John Elstob

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Steve Rowe

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David Greene

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Ken Rutherford

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Neil Treweek

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Jatin Bhai

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Danielle Bullock                           Marketing & Events Coordinator

Vickie Mullan

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Tracey Purslow                                   Accounts & Administration Assistant

 

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Talented juvenile Joyfilly has been sold to overseas interests and will do her future racing in Australia in the Waterhouse and Bott stable in Sydney.

Trained at Cambridge by Chris Wood, Joyfilly finished fifth on debut behind smart youngsters Aim Smart and subsequent Group One Sistema Stakes winner Summer Passage.

The daughter of Highly Recommended then finished a close second here at Te Rapa at the beginning of February to Te Akau owned Gold Fever, beaten just under a length.

Joyfilly had to overcome a wide barrier when the two gifted fillies fought out the Group Two Matamata Breeders Stakes two weeks later, with Gold Fever getting a head victory.

Wood then send his charge to the same track the following month breaking maiden ranks by a length and half.

Joyfilly then lined in the Group One Manawatu Sires Produce a fortnight ago and fought on bravely for third to Melody Belle.

"She's a lovely filly with the greatest nature and she tries hard. It's sad to see her go, as she is quite untapped potentially," Wood said.

"I was looking forward to giving her six weeks in the paddock and seeing her develop into a top class filly."

"The news owners have got a bargain," Wood said.

Joyfilly raced for five times for the win and three placings earning over $53,000.

Murray Neal purchased the filly for $10,000 from the 2016 Karaka Festival Yearling Sale and raced her under his Bayline Trust banner in partnership with Wood.

It was the second promising youngster Wood has sold in the past few months after Dark Universe was sold to clients of Chris Waller.


When heavy rain drenched the entire country it was determined that the Te Aroha track would not recover in time for the meeting for by the weekend, forcing the transfer of Te Aroha'sprestigious Group One meeting to Te Rapa on Saturday.

Saturday's meeting was headlined with the last Group One race of the season, the $200,000 New Zealand Breeders Stakes, and the Waikato Racing Club's track staff produced a near perfect track for the occasion.

During the week, Waikato Racing club's general manager, Ken Rutherford had hoped that the Te Rapa surface could get back to a Slow 7 or 8, given the "incredible" amount of rain that has fallen across the North Island.

The Te Rapa track was hit with 110mm of rain in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday morning's heavy 10 penetrometer reading. More rain fell Wednesday overnight through into Thursday morning.

With midweek meetings cancelled at Waipa and Awapuni, very few would have predicted that the track would get to a Dead5 reading.

Fine weather from Thursday afternoon through to Saturday greatly helped but through hard work by the track staff, the celebrated Te Aroha meeting went ahead with brilliant track conditions.

Often working against mother-nature, track management is a thankless job and easily criticized within the industry if things aren't perfect yet isn't applauded enough when deserved.

Te Rapa track staff include course-manager Neil Treweek, Stuart Cobb, Keith Melville and Damon Anaki.

Treweek will soon pass the reins to Brad Childs.


Cambridge trainers Andrew Forsman and Stephen Marsh chat about their stable representatives for the Te Aroha meeting at Te Rapa this weekend. The two trainers each have two runners in the Group One $200,000 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes. 

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