Could it be Don’s farewell NZ win?

Trendy’s win at Te Rapa yesterday could take on more significance as the new season begins.

Trendy, who scored a convincing fresh-up victory in the William Inglis & Son Premier at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting, could well be the last New Zealand winner for Don Sellwood, one of the country’s most astute trainers.

As Mark du Plessis was guiding Trendy to her win, Sellwood was in Sydney with current stable star Petty Cury, getting ready for a float trip to Brisbane where the Group Three winner will compete at the Queensland Winter Carnival.

Petty Cury is the only horse still under Sellwood’s care. Even Trendy has already found a new home, having headed to Te Awamutu trainers Brendon and Keith Hawtin’s barn after her success.

At yesterday’s meeting Sellwood’s son, Shane, was inundated with questions over the rumoured retirement of the Group One-winning trainer, who was represented on the day by Trendy and Comical Lass (seventh in the Gr.3 Windsor Park Stud Breeders Stakes).

“Everyone was saying that he’s finishing, but that’s not definite yet,” said Sellwood. “He hasn’t officially retired (after the Queensland campaign). He might have one or two in work later on, but it’ll depend on what happens in Brisbane and how he feels after it.”

Sellwood has vacated his leased Cambridge stable, but there is the proviso there would be a couple of boxes available for his use in the future if needed.

“Pussy O’Reilly has gone out for a spell and so has King’s Fortune,” said Sellwood. “Canthassleme (third at Te Aroha last Wednesday) has gone to Lance Noble.”

Making the decision to close down the Cambridge stable an easier one for Sellwood is the fact both son Shane and his new wife, Jodie, are heading off on an OE.

“We’ll be away for two to three months,” said Shane Sellwood. “We got married about a month ago and we were too busy to get away, but now is a good time. We’re off to America then on to England.”

Sellwood believes there is more success in store for Trendy, who registered her third win from 15 starts for owners Tom and Jenny Hobson.

“It was good to get a win for the owners,” said Sellwood. “She’s a mare who took a while to work out when she came to us, but since she’s come back from a spell she’s fitted in well. She should do well for the Hawtins.”