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New Chapter Begins For Te Akau

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Today's meeting at Matamata will usher in a new era for the powerful Te Akau Racing operation, reports NZ Racing Desk. A changing of the guard took place when Jason Bridgman abdicated his position as head trainer after four and a half years, with Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards taking over the reins. The new training partnership will unveil its first runners today. "If we get a winner on our first day then the job had already been done for us – we've just added a little oil to the machine," said Autridge, who is back in a familiar environment after a successful spell with Te Akau in the 1990s. "Highly Likely is an up and coming stayer and he's probably our best hope. Whatever he does he will improve, but he worked well on Saturday morning." A son of High Chaparral, Highly Likely made late ground when resuming over a mile and he will be suited by the step up in trip in the Challenge Matamata 2000. The 4YO will be ridden by stable jockey Matt Cameron, who is also on the well-related Bordeaux in The Boltholder Limited 1600. "It wasn't a bad run last time out and he's looking for more ground," Autridge said. "I think he can run in the money." The first of the stable's trio to hit the ground is the consistent Chadsdale in the AA Auto Service & Repair Matamata 1400. "He's honest and he should go close as well," Autridge said. His new training partner Jamie Richards, who has graduated from the position of Te Akau racing manager, is a son of Byerley Park-based trainer Paul.

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