We were priveleged to have some of NZ's top Olympic rowers attend our Christmas at the races meeting in 2014. And it was great to see that their syndicate had their first win with the aptly named Aotearower at Te Rapa on 14 March 2015. Winning trainer Ken was also happy that the three-year-old Shamardal filly Aotearower broke her maiden status for the illustrious group of owners.
Racing in the famous Cambridge Stud colours of Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan who are involved in an ownership syndicate that includes some of the elite of New Zealand rowing in Hamish Murray, Eric Bond, Mahe Drysdale, Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen.
“She deserved that win as she has been beaten into second by some fairly handy horses but today was her day,” said Kelso.
“She didn’t handle going right-handed at Ellerslie last time but I was pretty confident she would be hard to beat on Saturday.”
Kelso did admit he was feeling the pressure to get a victory for her owners but had nothing but praise for the syndicate.
“They are a great bunch of people who are involved in her so I’m just delighted we could get her home in first place,” he said.
Photo shows Track manager Mark Buckley with Olympians Mahe Drysdale and Hamish Bond.
From committeeman Don McMillan
Poem inspired by the field from Christmas at the Races - horses names in ' ' & their race numbers in (brackets):
Wanganui Steelformers 25th Anniversary 1340 - Race 6 on 30 November 2013
'Barnie O'Marnie' (1) says 'It's a True Story' (3) 'OntheHill' (5) 'Overtheriver' (6) that 'Riverman Jack' (17) is 'Prepared' (8) for 'Our Delight' (7) a 'Pure Blonde' (9) 'Miss Daisy' (12) 'The Rawhtwo Rebel' (13) who has 'No Enemy' (4)and is 'Wild About me' (14) who is holding a 'Caley Rose' (10) with 'Floral Scent' (11) for our 'Gold Wedding' (16).