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Wexford Way Back: Dave's first racedays as a trainer

Wexford Stables has a long history, beginning with Dave O'Sullivan in 1961. Over the years, our stable has enjoyed many weird and wonderful moments and we thought we'd bring a few of those stories back with 'The Wexford Wind Back.' We hope you enjoy these small snippets of our history! We'll start at the beginning - Dave's first days as a horse trainer. 

Dave's opening raceday was fittingly at Matamata in 1961. He had one starter, Poetic Justice. Before the race could start, Poetic Justice proceeded to crawl out from the front of his stall at the start barrier... scratched! 

Dave's second raceday as a trainer was at Tauranga. He was confident that his first runner, Abilene, would be his first winner. The horse jumped well, was travelling handily and heading for home well in front. As the field straightened Abilene ran across the track, ran though the outside fence and tragically dropped dead. Moments later, in the second division of the same race, his unfancied mare, Bridal Gown, got up to win by a nose. Dave's third horse lined up in the last of the day and also crossed the winning post in first place. 

One distraught owner, two happy owners and one trainer in desperate need of 'a stiff gin!'


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