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Te Akau Racing to run with a solo trainer

Steve Bennett in Latest News 14 May 2018
  • Jamie Richards to run the show alone at Te Akau
Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards part company

The Te Akau Racing team have made a milestone decision and announced that they will run with just one trainer.

As of Aug 1st, Jamie Richards to have total control of the reins in the training paddock for Te Akau Racing. 

After three years working in partnership with Stephen Autridge, Richards has been handed sole ownership as the stable’s head trainer. 

The decision to step down was pre-planned by Autridge as he attempts to tone down the work as a trainer.

AAP reports that Te Akau racing boss David Ellis made the announcement and revealed Autridge’s plans for the future.

“Stephen Autridge has decided to take a step back from running a major stable” Ellis said.

“Stephen is as good a horseman as you will ever meet, and it’s been a very successful and happy association. We will miss him and (his wife) Lynley greatly but naturally we respect their desire to take life a little easier”.

Autridge added that he had achieved his long term goals and the targets on his bucket list were now happily ticked off.

“When I re-joined Te Akau three years ago it was always my goal to achieve three career highlights before ‘handing the baton’ on to Jamie” he said.

“I hadn’t won the Derby as a trainer, I achieve that with Gingernuts. I wanted to train 1,000 winners and that happened recently on the day we laid my mother Gloria to rest and I wanted to win another trainer’s premiership – mission accomplished”.

In the three years Autridge and Richards shared the stable’s training responsibilities they won a premiership, were named champion trainers and notched up 42 Group and Listed race winners including 13 at Group One level.

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