The past 12 months have produced a season that few in
Otago racing circles will forget in a hurry. From floods to
tragic deaths to triumphs against adversity, the 2014-15
season has had it all. Matt Smith looks back at the season in
The problem with a positive outcome is that it sometimes
causes a new set of challenges.
It should come as no surprise that sibling rivalry is the
driving force for Oamaru driver Matthew Williamson as he sets
his sights on 1000 driving wins.
An Irish-bred jockey with a quick wit is being mourned by the
South Island racing community after he died suddenly on
It would be fitting if Matthew Williamson's 500th winner came
in his father's colours at Addington tonight.
If I was to summarise the 2014-15 season, ''normal'' wouldn't
even enter the conversation.
A two-win lead could be enough for Riccarton trainers Michael
and Matthew Pitman to claim their first South Island
trainers' premiership - but Michael Pitman is taking nothing
for granted yet.
White Robe Lodge trainers Brian and Shane Anderton have
regained their spot as the leading trainers at Wingatui and
Otago trainers snared two of the main prizes on offer for the
season after the Forbury Park Trotting Club's final meeting
of the season on Friday.
Flemington on Saturday and Oamaru on Sunday - not your
regular weekend for an apprentice jockey.
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