Brent Shirley

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How long have you been a trainer?

Name your first winner:

Ruby Ruby

Editor's note: Ruby Ruby won at her second start at the Wairio meeting in October. She was 6/6 in the betting and won the 1609 metres in 1-58.7. She's related on the dam side to the great Southland mare Bonnies Chance.

How many winners have you trained?
65 (End of the 2016-2017 season).

How did you choose your racing colours?

My fathers 

Best season:

2015-2016 (20 winners)

Biggest race you've won?
Riverton Cup.

Editor's note:Chokullen won the 2012 Riverton Cup for Brent Shirley paying over $14 to win.
Stable and track location:
Ascot Park Invercargill.

Track size:
1000 metres.

Size of property:
18 acres.

Training capacity:
Up to 25.

Best colt or gelding trained:
Costa Del Magnifico and Rowchester.

Editor's note: Rowchester won three of his five starts in New Zealand as a three year old before he was exported to Australia.

Best horses trained:
Costa Del Magnifico

Best mare trained:

I Smart 

Best horse sold:

Which horse in your stable will be worth following this season?

Swap Over 

Which race would you most like to win in Southland:
Northern Southland Cup.

Which New Zealand race would you be most thrilled to win:
New Zealand Cup.

Which New Zealand trainer do you admire most:
Mark Purdon and Tim Butt.

Which horse currently in your stable gets you up and out of bed on a cold wet Southland morning?

Bubbles the kids pony. Because it's the kids pony and they will want it feed. 

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing harness racing in Southland?

Stake money





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