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McDonald 1st NZ Jock To 200 Wins In A Season
Boom Kiwi apprentice James McDonald created history when he became the 1st rider to notch 200 winners in a New Zealand season with his 2YO filly mount Showing Off (Savabeel-Maggie O'Reilly, by O'Reilly) winning over 1200m at Te Teko. McDonald, 19, told The Waikato Times: “It's bloody great. It's probably a relief more than anything, because it's been a long time coming. It's been a lot of hard work & finally we got it.” McDonald then rode 3 more winners on the card to end the day with 203 wins (with a month of the season still remaining).