Carter’s wish granted for Colgan

Vinnie Colgan showing his delight at recording his 1000th win on Lugrosve at Tauranga today.

Vinnie Colgan showing his delight at recording his 1000th win on Lugrosve at Tauranga today.

Margaret Carter’s wish came true for Vinnie Colgan at Tauranga today.

The Cambridge horsewoman and her training partner, her husband Tim, were responsible for providing Colgan with his milestone 1000th New Zealand win aboard their promising four-year-old Lugrosve in the Ixom 1600.

“I hoped Vinnie could ride his 1000th winner for us,” said Carter. “He’s ridden for us a lot over the years and we’ve had a lot of success together. It’s special to give him his 1000th.”

Colgan gained his latest Group One placing aboard the Carter-trained Battle Time in last Saturday’s Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton and last season one of his major wins came when he guided stablemate Farm Boy to victory in the Gr. 2 Go Racing Syndications Avondale Gold Cup. He was also third on Farm Boy in the Gr. 1 Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ Stakes at Ellerslie last March.

“Tim and Margaret have looked after me so well,” said Colgan. “I’ve got to thank all the trainers who have supported me over the years, especially Roger James.”

Vinnie Colgan thrilled to see his daughter Courtney on track for his milestone.

Vinnie Colgan thrilled to see his daughter Courtney on track for his milestone.

Colgan served his apprenticeship with James in Matamata and has enjoyed major race success on both sides of the Tasman on the stable’s runners over the years, including recording the first three of his five New Zealand Derby wins aboard Roysyn, Hades and Zonda.

Colgan moved to 999 wins aboard another Cambridge galloper, Rangipo, early on today’s programme. He has now been in the saddle for each of the three-year-old’s three wins.

Colgan has also been the recent regular rider of Lugrovse, a four-year-old son of Elusive City. The pair combined for a strong win at Te Rapa last month over 1400 metres.

”He’s a pretty smart horse but I’m afraid we’re going to lose him to Hong Kong,” said Carter. “He’s owned over there and will eventually go. It’s a shame because I’ve love to keep training him.”