(By Glenn Watson)
Gavin Parker is ending his Matamata training partnership with Graham Richardson on good terms.
He has no firm future plans beyond the end of the season but says he has “a few things in the pipeline.”
Parker and Richardson have worked together for the past two and a half years and the pair have produced 27 winners this season.
“We are good mates,” Parker said, adding that he has enjoyed the chance to train racehorses at the highest level, the highlight being the Group 1 victory by Volpe Veloce in the Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1, 2018.
But the enormous number of hours he was putting in convinced him to reassess his priorities.
Another Matamata training partnership has also run its course.
Ken Kelso and Mark Donoghue have decided to go their separate ways, with Donoghue intending to freelance as a trackwork rider and he also works as a barrier attendant at northern race meetings.