Rogerson first to train 2000 NZ winners
Graeme Rogerson became the first gallops trainer to chalk up 2000 wins in New Zealand on Wednesday.
Rogerson, now training in partnership with his wife Debbie at Tuhikaramea near Hamilton, achieved the milestone with Pocket Diary at Ruakaka after winning earlier on the card with Maya.
It was a fitting track to secure the feat as he trained the first winner there, Delight, in a highweight back in 1974, he said. It was owned by his father.
He started training on April 16, 1970 and became a trailblazer on the New Zealand racing scene, setting up a trans-Tasman business with stables in Sydney and Melbourne as well as his home base of Tuhikaramea. He also had a stint in Dubai in the 1990s.
In addition to his New Zealand wins, he has more than 1000 internationally.
Rogerson is the only New Zealand trainer to have won the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.
He is a 12-time winner of the New Zealand premiership, with a number of them claimed in partnership with the likes of Keith Hawtin, Stephen Autridge, Gary Newham, Scott Lucock and Roydon Bergerson.
He brought in his wife Debbie as his training partner this season and they are in seventh place on the premiership with 43 wins.
Rogerson still operates a stable in Sydney and has a harness stable in Hamilton.
“People have been wonderful today,” he told Trackside TV.
“I don’t know when the next 1000 will come.”
He said he wanted to win more major races.
“But I also just want to be happy and I am,” he said.
“Life’s great and I would just like to see racing back to where it was and that is my next wish.”