Successful Raffles Farm Operation Praises Hawtin Racing

Raffles Farm in Cambridge has had a season only dreams are made of.

"Three Group 1 wins in one season is something that you only dream of but it's happened for us," said Bruce Sherwin of Raffles Farm.

"The biggest highlight for us was the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap win by Sacred Falls. That is a time-honoured race and one which everyone strives to win. It has been won by many great horses over the years and now Sacred Falls has his name on the winners' list."

The other Group 1 victories for Raffles Farm this season came in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas and the New Zealand Oaks - also elite events on the New Zealand racing calendar.

"It says to me that we have our systems in place in terms of what we are doing with our horses," Sherwin says.

Sherwin was also full of praise for the work of Te Awamutu-based Hawtin Racing when it came to educating some of the young Raffles Farm horses in preparation for their racing careers.

"Hawtin Racing does a professional job with our horses and are always a pleasure to work with," Sherwin said.

“Keith and Brendon are great horsemen who have the ability to pick a good horse right from the moment they first have anything to do with them,” Sherwin said.
Hawtin Racing has also had a record-breaking season and are the leading Te Awamutu-based trainers for the 2012/13 racing season.

Sacred Falls has been back in work for almost three weeks and is preparing for a spring racing campaign in Australia with races such as the Epsom and Toorak Handicaps on the programme.

More Than Sacred is more likely to be aimed towards an autumn racing preparation next year.


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