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Brett Gray

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How long have you been a trainer?
Since 2001 -2002 season and 2013 as a professional.

Name your first winner:
Golden Holmes

Editor's note: Gray part owned Golden Holmes which won at it's fifth start at the races at Ascot Park in November 2001. The three year old rig won by two and a half lengths and was driven by Clark Barron. He was then sold to Australia where he won another six races.

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

Best season:

2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons - 26 winners

Biggest race you've won?
Southland Oaks Heat with Letsgo Jaccka

Editor's note: Letsgo Jaccka won three races in her career. The first was at Invercargill as a three year old when she won the fifth heat of the Jaccka Lodge/Nevele R Southland Oaks. She was driven by Allan Beck and finished seventh in the final won by Zitura.

Stable and track location:
Ryal Bush-Invercargill.

Track size:
780 metres

Size of property:
64 acres

Training capacity:
17 horses

Best mare trained?
Lets Go Jaccka

Best colt or gelding trained?
Jaccka Luke

Best horses trained?
Jocy Jaccka

Editor's note: Jocy Jaccka qualified impressively at Ascot Park in December by 45 lengths. She is a three year old filly by Majestic Son out of Janine Jaccka and is a half sister to Jaccka Jack (12 wins), Jaccka Justy (10 wins) and Jess Jaccka (5 wins).She is owned by good stable clients Charlie and Ailsa Smaill. She hasn't been sited at the races yet.

Best horse sold?
Economizza

Editor's note: By Save Fuel Economizza was a half brother to Giovanetto (18 wins) and Holmes DG (32 wins). He won at Forbury Park at his first start in January 1994, trained by the late Murray Gray and driven by son Brett. He was exported to Australia where he won another 14 races.

Which race would you most like to win in Southland?
Kindergarten Stakes

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

Which New Zealand trainer do you admire most?
Hamish Hunter

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing Harness Racing in Southland?
Keeping young people in the game and maintaining stakes.

 



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