HERLIHY CLOSES IN ON MAGICAL 3500 NZ WINS

HERLIHY CLOSES IN ON MAGICAL 3500 NZ WINS

Champion reinsman Tony Herlihy is willing to swap one of the greatest milestones in New Zealand racing history for a Harness Jewels win this weekend.

But he admits he might struggle to get either.

Herlihy took his record total of domestic driving wins to 3497 when Gambit won at Alexandra Park on Friday night, meaning he is a good night at the office away from becoming the first driver or jockey in this country to 3500 wins.

While 3500 is hardly a number that roles off the tongue every winner Herlihy drives is a new record as Maurice McKendry, who sits next to Herlihy in the Alexandra Park drivers room almost every week, is the only other horseperson to partner over 3000 winners here.

Ricky May is the next reinsman honing in on the number, with 2913 domestic wins in his career and with Dexter Dunn driving so successfully in North America, it could be a long time before anybody in either code threatens Herlihy’s numbers.

David Walsh holds the New Zealand record for a jockey with 2451 victories.

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