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GEOFF AND JUDE KNIGHT
 

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What was your first winner?
Tapora Jack. It was awesome. I had been going to the races since I was about five and it was an amazing feeling.

Editor's note: The Gaines Minbar gelding part owned by Knight, won at the Ruakaka Raceway in Northland in January 1987. He was driven by Geoff Small. He won another three races for Knight and seven races in all.

How many winners have you trained on your own account?
36

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

Best season: 2014-2015 (39 winners) 

Biggest race you've won?
Harness Jewels 4 yr old mares division with Pembrook's Delight and Invercargill Winter Cup with Trojan.

Stable and track location:
Roxburgh

Track size:
1000 metres.

Size of property:
20 acres.
Training capacity:
20

Best mare trained:
Pembrook's Delight.

Best colt or gelding trained:
Trojan

Best horse trained:
Pembrook's Delight and Trojan

Best horse sold:
Omaha Beach

How did you choose your racing colours?
They're Otago colours with a chess knight.

Which race would you most like to win in Southland?
Southland Oaks because it's usually won by a top class filly and I'd love one of them.

Which New Zealand race would you like to win?
New Zealand Cup because it's the Everest of the trotting game and a super achievement.

Which horse currently in your stable gets you up in the morning?
They all do.

Which New Zealand trainer do you most admire?
Roy Purdon. His record speaks for itself and he's a thoroughly nice man.

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing Harness Racing in Southland?
Funding and stakes. If we don't keep the stakes up we will loose owners.

 

 



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