It was at Matamata Racecourse with my Dad and I found a $5 winning ticket on the ground.
Naturally I wanted to go back whenever there was racing on so I could find another “winner”.
A day at the races?
Racing is a good social occasion and allows for great networking.
You get to meet a variety of people from varying walks of life and the chats are only interrupted for a short period whilst the racing is happening.
The sport itself?
Firstly, the horses love to run. They also have such a beauty about them pre and post race.
There’s also a huge amount of love and care given to the horses by those who stand behind them – from the jockeys to the trainers, grooms, owners, vets, transporters, farriers and more. The amount of love that goes into a racehorse is special to see.
The day we returned to racing here at Ellerslie following our track upgrade and stables rebuild.
These projects were large bodies of work that were thankfully completed on time and on budget… but we also needed them to live up to expectations.
Seeing how well they performed on that first raceday back is most definitely my best-ever raceday.
All Blacks coach!
1. Trump or Kim Jon Un?
Trump, only because he is not as crazy as Kim Jon Un and his press conferences are very humorous. Also, imagine being his press secretary..! (Can I just say too that neither would be good though)
2. Melania Trump or Clarke Gayford?
Clarke Gayford. It must be pretty cool having the missus as the PM, getting to meet some amazing, different people and being able to travel the world. Plus, he’s a kiwi
3. James McDonald or Chris Waller?
J Mac. I have known him for a while and he is a super person doing some special things; but so is Chris Waller too. They’re both great Kiwi athletes
4. Gigi Hadid or Caroline Wozniacki?
Caroline. She’s an amazing tennis player and I’ve seen her play live too
5. Lionel Messi or Dan Carter?
Dan Carter… when I’m in my new dream career as the ABs coach (LOL)
6. Mufhasa or Burgundy?
Both horses very special to me [Ed’s note: PW had shares in Burgundy] but one that holds an extra special spot in my heart is the mighty mare Sunline.
The last trainer that won at Ellerslie before lockdown and they’ll definitely say, “the track was perfect”.
As above. The trainers can lose a race and hate your track, but then they’ll win the next race and say “it’s a beauty”.
How it parades pre-race. [Ed note: Seems PW is holding exactly what he looks at in that pre-parade close to his chest…)
My favourite thing on the menu is Chef’s smoked brisket.
In keeping with the beef theme, my go-to signature dish (if Chef let me come cook in his kitchen one day!) would be slow-cooked beef cheeks
Any casserole, soup or slow-cooked food is better the next day. The flavours are so much stronger and fuller
I’ve been doing some painting and building and discovered I’m actually quite good at the building.
Our guest room has come up very well indeed!
Have the uncomfortable conversation and never be afraid to say “I got it wrong”.
I would buy stocks now before they turn and recover