Abbie Bligh trains her first winner

04:00 PM 16 Dec 2013 NZDT
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First win - for Abbie Bligh

Hunterville horsewoman Abbie Bligh enjoyed her first training success when Sunbrite upset at huge odds of $65.70 & $10.20 at Wanganui yesterday.

Bligh, who has been involved in the racing industry for 20 odd years, got her trainers earlier in the season.

She had started Sunbrite, the only horse she has in work, four times before yesterday’s win.

“It was a huge thrill and a very exciting day,” said Bligh.

Bligh said that the win did come as a bit of a surprise, although she did think Sunbrite’s prior run hinted a win was on the horizon.

“He went really well when he finished fourth at Manawatu, so I was hopeful he could finish in the money yesterday.”

“He is usually a good beginner so I told Saliesh (Abernethy) to head straight to the front. In the end he gave him a great trip,” she added

Megan Teaz drove Sunbrite in his first three starts for Bligh, but when she couldn’t drive the gelding at Manawatu on Thursday, Bligh asked Abernethy to take the reins.

Bligh gained experience with horses working for Trevor Harris in Bulls before working for Stephen Doody about nine years ago. She has since been back working for Harris, but is now employed by Scott Dickson.

“Scott has been great and really encouraged me to get my licence,” said Bligh. “He previously trained Sunbrite and told me he would be a great one first horse for me to train. After yesterday, I’m guessing he was right.”

Ferguson father & son Quinella

Peter Ferguson and son Dylan combined with Graeme Rogerson and Peter Blanchard for their first Quinella yesterday.

Dylan Ferguson, who works for Rogerson and Blanchard, ranged up strongly with Change Gear and the 200 metres and looked the winner, but dad was only foxing, kicking back strongly with stable newcomer Spectacular to win by a neck at the line.

Meanwhile, grass track specialist Millview Sarah was successful in the Wanganui Cup.

By Mitchell Robertson



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