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Campbell’s first win on great day

(Corey Campbell after riding his first winner, Perceptive)

Campbell's first win on great day

Corey Campbell, the White Robe Lodge apprentice, rode his first winner at the Otago Racing Club meeting at Wingatui on Friday (26/5/2017) capping a great day for WRL.

Campbell rode Perceptive, one of five winners for WRL trainers Brian and Shane Anderton on the eight-race card. All are by WRL sires. Perceptive is by Raise The Flag and the other winners, News Flash, Taieri Gem, Waylay and Satin Guru are by Gallant Guru.

Perceptive, News Flash, Waylay and Taieri Gem were bred by WRL principals Brian and Lorraine Anderton. Satin Guru is raced by breeders George and Christine Cleland.

Brian and Lorraine race News Flash on their own and Taieri Gem, Waylay and Perceptive in partnerships.

Another stable apprentice Jacob Lowry rode News Flash and Satin Guru. He also won on Diorissimo.

Campbell (16), who is apprenticed to Shane Anderton, began race riding on March 20. It was his 16th race ride. He has been riding track work for two years and left school at the end of 2016 to take up an apprenticeship. He drove miniature horses in Kidz Kartz racing promoted by Harness Racing New Zealand. He began with Kidz Kartz when he was nine and drove until last year, leading the Otago series for five years. He can ride at 49kg.

His sister, Adele Campell was a successful jockey and his mother Gabrielle (nee Foote) and late father, Colin were jockeys. Adele won 61 races and completed her apprenticeship with Brian Anderton. Colin was apprenticed to Bill Hewitt at Wingatui.

Waylay was ridden by Shankar Muniandy, who is on leave from WRL for the next four months to ride in Malaysia. He undertook a similar exercise in the winter of 2015.

Courtney Barnes, who rode Taieri Gem, wore a black armband to honour Wattie Corcoran, the late member of the Progressive syndicate who race Taieri Gem in partnership. Corcoran died on May 20, six days after Taieri Gem won her first race. He was buried on Friday. He was a long time publican at Waikaka.

The Progressive syndicate have been racing horses for some 15 years with Ortem Fire a stakes winner.

Upper Cut and  Wise Men, both progeny of deceased Yamanin Vital, won jumps races at Hawera on Sunday.

Upper Cut added  a hurdle win to his record. The 10yr-old  won the NZ Grand National Steeplechase in August and the Mark Oulaghan-trained gelding has also won on the flat.

Wise Men Say won the Hypnotize Steeplechase for Raymond and Mark Connors. They raced Hypnotize who won the Northern Steeplechase three times. Isaac Lupton, who rode Hypnotize in his wins was aboard Wise Men Say, who has won three times over country. Hypnotize, now 17, is in retirement at WRL as a paddock mate for other horses.

Broadside (by Raise The Flag) finished second in the listed $151,000 W J McKell Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Civil Disobedience, a Raise The Flag - Pernote 2yr-old colt in the Ballarat stable of Darren Weir, ran on well for third over 1200m at Warracknabeal when having his first start.