ANN BROWNE RETIRES FROM TRAINING

ANN BROWNE RETIRES FROM TRAINING

(By Glenn Watson)

Ann Browne, who with her late husband Ken built a powerful jumping empire, has sent her last few horses to other stables to be trained, bringing down the curtain on what has been a glittering career.

Raisafuasho has gone to Team Rogerson at Hamilton and Merlot to Kevin Myers at Wanganui.

“I can’t do it anymore. I have no one to help me. I’ve been doing this for 60 years. I’ll be watching them from now on,” Browne said.

“Graeme (Rogerson) has all the amenities – a walker and a pool.”

There are too many career highlights for Browne to list.

When pushed, she said Smart Hunter’s dead-heat in the 2001 Great Northern Steeples two days after winning the Great Northern Hurdles was something special.

It was the first dead-heat in the race’s long history.

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