Hamish Hunter

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How long have you been a trainer?
Since 1976.

What was your first winner?
Karen's Pride.

Editor's note: Karen's Pride was by Sly Yankee out of Miss McCoy and she won for Hunter at Waikouaiti on the 30th October 1976.

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

Biggest race you've won?
Maurice Holmes Vase with Franco Ledger September 2012, 2013 Invercargill Cup with Franco Ledger and Sapling Stakes with Malaz in 1984.

Stable and track location:
Ryal Bush

Track size:
760 metres.

Size of property:
25 acres.

Training capacity:

Southland training premierships:

1985, 1986, 2006, 2007 and 2011 (5)

Best mare trained?
Nursemaid (Caprock - Butlers Fury) 71-14-12-12 $195,292.

Best colt or gelding trained?
Franco Ledger and Malaz.

Best horse trained?
Franco Ledger but a soft spot for Malaz who raced from age two to seven and suffered from arthritis - horses from two different eras.

Horse to follow:

Franco Ledger

Best Southland horse you've seen?

Young Quinn

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

Which New Zealand trainer do you most admire?
Jack Smolenski and Jack Carmichael.

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing Harness Racing in Southland?
Surviving. Racing follows economic trents so you have to run a sharp operation.


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