Racing Annual Tenth Edition by John Costello
Home and away, the 1980-81 racing season produced a great depth of high-class New Zealand-bred gallopers, leaving no doubt that our thoroughbred industry is in great heart.

On the home front, staying honours were shared between Drum and Koiro Trelay - two fine performers who, alas, did not meet during their campaigns. Koiro Trelay achieved a rare double in capturing the Wellington and New Zealand Cups whole in the north, Drum lumped 57 1/2 kg to an effortless victory in the Aukland Cup. In Australia Blue Denim performed with distinction among top company.

Among the ‘up-and-comers’ were a fine crop of three-year-old fillies, featuring some splendid clashes between Summer Haze and Glamour Bay. Hard on their heels came thru southerner Powley and, later, Torquay. Tops among the colts and geldings were Ring The Bell and Amyl, with the former going on to carry New Zealand’s banner across the Tasman.

No single ownership campaigned more successfully than the Dennis brothers from the Deep South, with their ‘sweet sisters’- The Twinkle, The Dimple and The Fantasy. Also on the human side, Matamata jockey Bruce Compton attracted much interest with his single-minded pursuit of Bill Skelton’s record season’s tally.

In 1981 DB Racing Annual (now in its 10th edition) relived an action-packed year, north and south, and provides extensive coverage of the major Australian carnivals - increasingly the ultimate testing ground for New Zealand’s finest horses.

Editor John Costello is again assisted by some of the country’s best racing scribes. Their comprehensive commentary on the racing season is dramatically illustrated by a generous selection of exciting photographs.

Hardcover 1981 edition

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