Sad Loss of Joy Robinson

Waikato racing identity Joy Robinson died on Monday evening after the car she was driving hit a loose horse in Matamata on Monday night.

Robinson had been a stalwart of the Roger James stable and had worked for Cambridge trainer Roger James as his personal assistant and stable office manager for the last two decades.

She was a popular figure and James said he was devastated by her passing.

The daughter of former owner-trainer Ian Signal, Robinson began working for James in the mid-1990s when he was based in Matamata, where she lived with her husband Mac.

Police Inspector Ian Brooker said the accident happened on Hopkins Rd, near Matamata, around 6:30pm on Monday.

Robinson was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.

Her death follows the recent passings of such prominent racing industry figures as Lisa Chittick, Dick Stevenson, Ada Parnwell and Baggy Hillis.