Jamie Richards at Wingatui yesterday with Our Santana, who
finished fourth at Washdyke on Tuesday at his first start.
Photo by Tayler Strong.
Jamie Richards considers that eight months spent overseas
at thoroughbred studs on a Sunline International Management
scholarship has created opportunities for him at an
Richards (23), a son of Wingatui trainer Paul Richards and
Leanne Richards, president of the Otago Racing Club, is back
at Wingatui after he went on a scholarship to England,
Ireland and the United States.
"It was all about global contact, shuttle stallions and
understanding international bloodlines," Richards said.
He has taken a job as a marketing assistant with New Zealand
Bloodstock based at Karaka. It was a condition of the
scholarship, sponsored by the Sunline Education Trust in
conjunction with the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders
Association, that he work in the thoroughbred industry for 12
The scholarship aims to identify potential managers within
the New Zealand thoroughbred industry and offer them the
chance to broaden their knowledge.
Bruce Slade, who was awarded the Sunline scholarship in 2002,
is now racing manager for prominent trainer Gai Waterhouse in
Richards completed a bachelor of commerce degree in
management and accounting at the University of Otago last
He spent 10 weeks each at the Cheveley Park Stud at
Newmarket, the Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Taylor Made Farm
"Taylor Made is the leading consigner to the sales and sold
about 300 yearlings at the Keeneland sale."
Richards returned via England and attended the Tattersalls
sales. He was at Ascot to see Frankel win the Champion Stakes
last month and remain unbeaten in 14 starts. Frankel is now
retired to stud.
• Gold Leaf has been receiving treatment for a blood disorder
since a disappointing run fresh up at Wingatui on September
26, co-trainer Brian Anderton said yesterday.
Gold Leaf has been entered for the Wingatui meeting on
Tuesday. The Gallant Guru gelding was an impressive maiden
winner first up at the corresponding meeting last year. He
has only raced four times.
Stablemate Inferno has been withdrawn from the New Zealand
Cup. She was anchored under 59kg at Riccarton last Saturday
when the race developed into a sprint home.
"She may race on the middle day of the Cup meeting but her
target will now be the Wellington Cup," Anderton said.
The Paul Richards-trained Natuzzi, a winner at Riccarton last
Saturday, has his next start in a $30,000 1400m race on the
second day of the New Zealand Cup meeting.
• Ted West dominates the Riverton Cup at Ascot Park tomorrow.
Winner of five of his six starts and second in the other, Ted
West is expected to improved with his race at Winton on
October 14 when he ran the fastest mile of the day, 1.55.6.
That was his first race for four months.
He has won twice from a standing start.
Better To Be Bad, who has had five wins and two second in
eight starts this year, is resuming after a five-month break.