Kevin Gray registered his 1000th training success when Itsallbelt won the last race on the card at Waverley this afternoon.
Ridden by stable apprentice Holly Andrew, Itsallbelt strolled to victory by five and three-quarter lengths in the FOMS 2200.
Gray's landmark victory came at a fitting venue where he served as president of the Waverley Racing Club. Waverley is where he spent the early part of his career around thoroughbreds, first as an amateur rider and pre-training racehorses.
One of the first he raced, the Gold Sovereign gelding Copper Belt, became a star of the 1970s with 22 wins when trained "up the road" at Hawera by close friend Brian Deacon.
When Gray established his own stable he named it Copper Belt Lodge in honour of the mighty galloper and took the name with him when he moved from South Taranaki to the Manawatu.
It was also appropriate that today's milestone winner, bred and raced by Gray and his wife Kathleen, carries the familiar suffix in its name.
Gray’s 1000th win could be the first in a flurry of such milestones over the coming months. Jockeys Terry Moseley, Trudy Thornton and Robert Hannam are all also closing in on the magical four figures.
via The Informant: Racing Archives – www.theinformant.co.nz/racing