Go Racing is delighted to welcome our new Racing Manager, Sean O’Connor, who starts today.
Sean has a lifelong passion for horses, is an owner and has worked as a raceday strapper alongside his day job where he has previous management experience in the printing and construction industries. He is based in Puketapu, Napier where he lives on a lifestyle block with his wife Angela, a broodmare and assorted other animals.
Says Sean “I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Go Racing team. Being involved in racing all started when I was young. My father was in radio and part of his job was working at the trots on a Friday night at Claudelands showgrounds in Hamilton. I would tag along and when we walked through the gates, it was straight to the bird cage and that where I would stay for the entire night. Mum would ask every birthday and Xmas “What would you like?” The answer was always the same. “A horse”. To be a Racing Manager with Go Racing feels like a dream, that started so young, has come true.”
Says Albert, “As Go Racing continues to go from strength to strength, we are delighted to welcome Sean to our expanding team and pleased that we can offer our owners an even better racing experience. In the next few months Sean will be getting out and about to meet as many of our owners as possible. Based in the central districts, he will be at most of the races and trials in the area – and beyond. We’re proud of Sean’s new haircut as he recently took part in the Puketapu Speed Shear event to raise funds and awareness to help prevent farming suicide. In fact we are thinking of changing the spelling of his name to Shorn. Good on ya mate.”
Says Sean, “From personal experience, being part of racing horses in syndicates is very much the best way to go. It is not just the thrills and spills of the journey, but the people you meet along the way. I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Go Racing team and I look forward to meeting you. If you‘d like to have a chat to me, please call or drop me an email.”
Sanctify came from the rear of the field on Wednesday to claim the Sports Bar Central Brewhouse 1400 at Oamaru.
It was the first career win for the promising three-year-old daughter of Reliable Man who was having the sixth start of her career.
Sanctify was last away from the gates though jockey Chris Johnson kept his cool, bided his time and when the gap opened up in the straight and they shot past their rivals to win by 1.8L.
“I was hoping to be midfield in the run but she got out the back and settled so I just had to go from there,” Johnson said. “She showed a good turn of foot from the 200m and won nicely in the end.
“She was back and flat a little but she started making ground about half-way down and then she really took off at the 100m.”
Trainer Andrew Carston admitted he did have some doubts during the running of the race but his concerns were put to rest in the end.
“We were a bit worried but having Chris Johnson on, it’s a massive advantage,” Carston said.
“The conditions were probably my biggest concern but it was a Slow7 bordering 8 at her last start at Ashburton so we thought we would roll the dice and it’s a good result.
“I will probably look for a race during the Cup meeting and there are some stakes races after Christmas.
“It is good to get a result for Go Racing, they are big supporters. She is a filly that has always shown a lot and now she’s starting to deliver.”
Sanctify was purchased by Go Racing out of Westbury Stud’s 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft for $45,000 and races for their Go Racing Orchestral Syndicate.
Later in the day Remuera continued her good run of form when racing at Doomben.
The daughter of Reliable Man finished strongly and just a length off the winner Erringhi Spring in the Kirin Handicap (1350m).
Trained by Chris Waller, Remuera has been placed in her last three starts and doesn’t look far off getting another win on her record. -Picket Fence