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John Sargent breaks NZ trainers’ record

August 8, 2012

John Sargent claimed a New Zealand training record as he saddled up four winners at the final meeting of the racing season.

Sargent swept past the previous record set by Mark Walker in 2010 when Captain Cruising (NZ) (Captain Rio) became his 109th winner for 2011-2012 at Oamaru.

The Matamata-based trainer, who is preparing to set-up stables at Sydney’s Warwick Farm racetrack, shared the milestone with his followers on Twitter.

He tweeted: “Captain Cruising all the way! 109!! Many tears in the office! You beauty!”

Sargent iced his record when Bokkie Bokkie (NZ) (King’s Chapel) posted an upset win in the final race to give the trainer 111 victories for the season.

After he starting training in 1992-1993, Sargent moved to Malaysia in 1998 and won a premiership in 2000.

He returned to New Zealand in 2002 to establish his Ladbrook Park Stables at Matamata.

But it won’t be long before he spreads his team to capitalise on recent prizemoney increases in NSW.

The opening of his Sydney stable is imminent with Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential (NZ) (Fast ‘n’ Famous) the star of a small team which Sargent hopes to one day expand into his major training operation.

“I would like to get to the stage where my New Zealand stable will be a feeder stable for Sydney,” Sargent told AAP earlier this month.

“I’m planning to start off with eight to 10 horses but I’ll have access to 25 boxes,” he said

NZ Thoroughbred Marketing – 31 July 2012