(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.