O’Connor nails her first training success

10:10 PM 22 Apr 2014 NZST
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Ronocco gives Kathaleen O'Connor her first training success

Knapdale horsewoman Kathaleen O’Connor nailed her first training victory when Ronnoco was successful at Invercargill today.

Driven beautifully by his former trainer Robin Swain, Ronnoco burst up the passing lane to win by 1 & ¾ lengths over The Witch Doctor and Vera’s Delight.

For Ronnoco, who was bred, is owned, and is now trained by O’Connor, it was his third victory from 43 starts.

O’Connor, who is in her first season of training, had lined up Ronnoco on eight occasions before his breakthrough win today. The six-year-old gelding is the only horse that the horsewoman has raced as a trainer.

Kathaleen is the cousin of the late Brian O’Connor and has taken over his green and tartan colours.

The following race was taken out by Westmelton Willie, who led all of the way to give Timaru’s Tracey Healey her first training success of the season and her driving success since 1999.

But Healey wasn’t the only driver who made it to the winners circle after a long absence as Earl Swain, who was victorious aboard Kiwi Kex, enjoyed his first driving success since 2011 in an earlier race.

Meanwhile, Clark Barron crept closer to joining the 1000 win club by driving a double on the eight race card.

By Mitchell Robertson

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