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 Doug McLachlan

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FACT SHEET

Track size and stable location: 780 metres at Myross Bush.

Size of property:
32 acres

Training capacity:
25

Horses currently in work:
20

How long have you been training?
Since the 1991-1992 season

How did you choose your racing colours?
Always liked green, white and yellow and I spent many hours putting them together.

First winner:
Ronnie Mac

Editor's note: Ronnie Mac was a Transport Chip gelding which won his first race at Ascot Park in December 1993. He beat That's A Franco by a nose and was driven by Kirk Larsen paying $14.15 to win.

Number of winners trained:
163 (At the end of the 2016-2017 season)

Best season:
2003-2004: 22

Biggest race won:
2003 Interdominion Consolation with Annies Boy.

Editor's note: Annie's Boy was by Soky's Atom out of quality mare Can Annie Go. He won 18 races from 92 starts, with most of his wins as a three year old (7 wins from 19 starts). His biggest pay day was the 2003 Interdominion Consolation - he won $16,570, beating Alert Motoring and Pic Me Pockets. Driven by Clark Barron and rated 1-59.1 for the 2600 metre journey running his last 800 metres in an amazing 55.8.

Best mare trained:
Quadrifoglio

Editor's note: Holmes Hanover mare won seven races for McLachlan, one of the biggest being the Robin Dundee Crown at Ascot Park.

Best colt or gelding trained:
Annie's Boy

Best horse trained:
Annie's Boy

Best horse sold:
Onedin Pickpocket.

Editor's note: Onedin Pick Pocket won 11 races from 71 starts. Biggest pay day - ANZ Sires Stakes Final (Group One) at Addington. He ran second to Sweat Tallking Man picking up $20,250.

Which New Zealand race would you like to win?
The New Zealand Trotting Cup. I don't think you could get any better.

Which New Zealand trainer do you admire most?
Phil and Bev Williamson. Two battlers who have done it without the highroller backing.

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing harness racing in Southland?
Promotions. When you consider the assets we have - tracks, people involved, horses that perform at a national level. We should be doing more promotion.

 



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