Awards showcase success for local racing sector

Nigel Tiley and his wife, Lee, who took outPukekohe Horse of the Year for Showboy.

Nigel Tiley and his wife, Lee, who took outPukekohe Horse of the Year for Showboy.

Last Thursday night saw the annual Pukekohe Park Awards take place at the Counties Racing Club.
The event, which was also held in conjunction with the Auckland District Apprentice Jockey School awards, recognises the achievements of Franklin’s local jockeys, trainers, track work riders, stablehands, owners and of course, the areas horses for their achievements in the 2014-2015 season.

Pukekohe’s Richard Collett, of Collett Racing Stables, took out trainer of the year, which is statistically based on the number of winners had each season. This was Richard’s 29th season schooling at Pukekohe Park and he has managed to train over 600 winners from here.
The top award, Pukekohe Park Horse of the Year 2015, went to Showboy who was also the Two Year Old Category winner. Showboy was trained by Nigel Tiley who also part owns the horse.
The gelding by Showcasing had an impressive record of four starts for a win and three placings. The win was a Group Two race – Golden Homes Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Wellington in December last year.

Trackwork riders, Jason Peake and Marieke Simons, enjoying the awards evening.

Trackwork riders, Jason Peake and Marieke Simons, enjoying the awards evening.

Apprentices Gee Saejorhor, Chris Dell and Zinjete Moki celebrate a successful evening.

Apprentices Gee Saejorhor, Chris Dell and Zinjete Moki celebrate a successful evening.

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