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Te Akau Horseman Celebrate A Century Of Winners
Teamwork has been the key to Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards sitting atop the New Zealand trainers' premiership with a century of winners, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Matamata partnership hit three figures for the season when Esprit De Corps was successful at Te Aroha on Sunday. "It's not just about Stephen and I," Richards said. "It's been a huge effort by all the staff with the vets, farriers and chiropractors getting in behind us to make sure that we get the horses to the races in the best possible condition. "Then there is the support of David Ellis, his wife Karyn and Mark Walker – they have been terrific." However, despite their milestone, Autridge and Richards don't expect that they will better the national record of 114 winners set by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman last season. "I don't think we'll get that far, but we might be looking at it in the seasons to come." Richards said. "When we look back, we believe our horses have been placed well and we've had them winning at every level for our owners." Te Akau principal Ellis said the season had already exceeded all expectations. "It's very hard in New Zealand racing for a stable to get to 100 winners and for Stephen and Jamie to do it, and in Jamie's first full season, is a remarkable effort," Ellis said. "We're the only stable in New Zealand to have won four Group One races, we've had the only two-year-old to have won twice at black type level (Heroic Valour – Gr.1 Diamond Stakes, Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper) and Xtravagant has won two Group One races – it's been remarkable."