“Back-to-back Vodafone New Zealand Derby victories for Wexford Stables has to be hard to beat!
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, I was unable to be on-course at Ellerslie to watch Rocket Spade win the 2021 New Zealand Derby.
“Although we would have loved to have been at Ellerslie for it; we made the most of it – dressing up in our black and whites [the traditional colours of a Derby Day] and enjoying a glass of bubbles or two with family and close friends.
“While the 2022 edition of the race was once again run behind closed doors [again due to COVID-19 restrictions], I was lucky enough to be on-course, thanks to working for LOVERACING.NZ.
“I planned to watch the race on the fence, as I wanted to record the finish for social media. However, at the last-minute Dad [co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan] suggested I watch the race in the stand with him, “just in case”.
“I think he had a hunch Asterix [who he trains] would put in a performance far better than his $46 odds suggested he would.
“Cheering home Asterix in the stands at Ellerslie with Dad is a memory I’ll cherish for a very long time!
“I think being unable to attend in 2021 only made [this year’s win] sweeter.”