Veteran Otago thoroughbred trainer dies

Noel Graham
Noel Graham
Abbotsford thoroughbred trainer Noel Graham died  unexpectedly on Monday, aged 79.

Graham was part of the Otago racing community for more than 30 years and was seldom without a handy galloper.

Graham prepared his team at his Abbotsford property and regularly galloped his horses at nearby beaches.

He trained a total of 90 winners.

His first training win came with Rustic Seal at Tapanui in December 1985. Harry Trimbole is considered the best horse he trained. 

The Danske galloper won five of his 15 starts and was placed in the 2001 Southland Guineas.

Harry Trimbole won his last four starts for Graham before being exported to Australia.Graham also trained his dam, Greta’s Way, to win five races.

Time Spent (five wins), Dave’s Luck (five wins) and Hartley Princess (four wins) were also good performers for Graham. Fly In Style won four races for  Graham, including one on New Zealand Cup day in 1999.

Graham produced jockey Neill Ridley’s 100th steeplechase winner in Polar Trek.

His funeral will be held in Mosgiel today.

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