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Jockey’s lucky escape after horse crashes over rail

Paul McBride Apprentice rider Brett Murray was lucky to escape serious injury when his mount Dale crashed over the outside running rail after running 300m during the Jack Curragh Memorial Maiden at Omoto yesterday. Murray was lifted by stretcher to the ambulance before being taken to Greymouth Hospital to have suspected injuries assessed. His condition was later reported as stable, the...

Jockey suspended after failing to weigh in

The opening race at the Greymouth Jockey Club yesterday did not go without incident and as well as a horse crashing through the outside running rail, apprentice rider Danielle Hirini was also suspended for failing to weigh in after the race. Hirini was riding the favourite Prized Pins in the Jack Curragh Memorial Maiden and was beaten narrowly, finishing second on...

Swimmers prep for nationals

Although the Greymouth aquatic centre is closed over summer for major roof repairs, several Greymouth Swim Club members have been training hard at the Hokitika and Runanga pools in a bid to gain qualifying times for national meets in Dunedin, Rotorua and Auckland from February to April Angelise Ioanides, back left, Eva Matthews, Cameron Ioanides, Taylor Berry, and in front,...

Coast racing ‘holiday’ excites Winton trainers

Paul McBride Winton trainers Greg and Emma Wright have been regular visitors to the West Coast New Year racing circuit and are looking forward to the racing and the local hospitality. "We have been really looking forward to coming up here and just love the West Coast. As well as racing our horses, we make it a family holiday," Emma Wright said. "We...

Rae expecting team to be ‘on the money’ at Omoto

Paul McBride Ruakaka trainers Kenny and Lisa Rae normally make their mark on the West Coast galloping scene at Omoto. The Riccarton-based partnership is not afraid of travelling if the prospects are good, and Kenny Rae is optimistic of a good showing on the West Coast circuit. "We have brought seven horses over, one is a two-year-old just for the experience," Rae...

Omoto track rated perfect

Greymouth Jockey Club president Jill Bennington walked on to the Omoto track yesterday morning and gave the course the thumbs up for Sunday's meeting. "Our track man Jim Findlay has the course proper in great order and it is rated as a dead four this morning," Bennington said. "The track has a good sole of grass and will suit...

Greymouth students training hard for Coast to Coast

Chris Tobin The countdown is on for this year's Coast to Coast and Greymouth High School's participants are now in full preparation. They left this morning on a training run to Barrytown. From there some were running to Blackball and then kayaking back to Greymouth. Principal Andy England said they were practising different phases and transitions. He will be part of a principals'...

Visitors flock to Coast golf courses

Due partly to the dry spell, some hard work by the faithful few and moisture retaining soils, it would be fair to say that the Greymouth course is the best course to play on the West Coast at present. The medal on Saturday was won by Peter Bourke on a net 65, closely followed by Paul Pretorius on net 66,...

Greymouth junior athletics results

Eleven-year-old Charlotte Sweney proved she is in top form for the upcoming Colgate Games, breaking her own record in the shot put at the Greymouth Junior Athletics Club meet, on Saturday. Sweney threw 10.17m, improving by 37cm on her previous record set in November. Last year she won the gold medal at the Colgate Games in this event and looks...

Race abandoned after horse crashes

Paul McBride All bets were refunded after the third race on the programme at the Reefton Trotting Club meeting on Saturday was abandoned when five-year-old gelding King Size broke and fell and could not be removed from the track. The Bernie Stratford Memorial Pace 2500m was abandoned with concern for the health and safety of both horses and drivers in the race...
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