The Chaser produced a bright moment on the saddest of days when he handed Stephen Autridge with his 1000th training success.
While the four-year-old was posting a milestone victory at Wanganui on Thursday, Autridge was attending the funeral of his mother Gloria.
“Obviously it was a tough day sending off Steve’s mother Gloria, but for Steve to get his 1000th winner is really good,” his training partner Jamie Richards said.
“We planned to go forward from barrier 10 and he got caught out three wide, but Shafiq (Rusof) kept him nice and balanced, got into a rhythm and he quickened for an impressive win.”
By Swiss Ace, The Chaser is raced by breeder Gerry Harvey who stands the gelding’s sire at his Westbury Stud operation.
“Karyn and I went to the funeral today for Steve’s mum, Gloria, at the Matamata Racecourse, where there was a huge crowd to support the family,” Te Akau principal David Ellis said.
“For Steve to get his 1000th shortly afterwards is a terrific effort on such a significant day.”