Horse trainer Terrill Charles seriously ill

Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett.
Tayler Strong

Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett.

Peter Corbett is trying to cope with the serious illness of his partner, Terrill Charles, who as a trainer, has brought them major success.

Charles underwent surgery last Monday for the removal of a brain tumour. She has since returned to her home at Mt Somers.

"She came through the operation very well but the report since is not good," Corbett said.

"Terrill is coping with it a lot better than me."

Corbett said he has been left numb.

"It is the hardest thing I have to cope with in my life. My world has been turned upside down," he said.

"We have been partners for 30 years and now we just want to get married."

Corbett has continued with the training chores for the team. He has shared the ownership of the horses with Terrill and they had a big moment at Riccarton in November when She's Insatiable won the $50,000 listed Metropolitan Handicap and finished third in the New Zealand Cup. The Ustinov mare, who subsequently finished third in the Wellington Cup, is now spelling.

He plans to race Eva Keeneva and Hit The Bit at the Riverton meeting on Saturday.

Eva Keeneva would be deserving winner of the Riverton Cup. He has not finished further back than third in 10 of his 11 starts this season. The Keeninsky gelding won a double at Riccarton in the spring and has been placed in the Dunedin, Gore, Tapanui Queenstown and Hororata Cups. He ran second in an open 2200m at Ellerslie last month.

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The 13-year-old Hit The Bit acted young to finish second at Wingatui last Monday.

Eva Keeneva and Hit The Bit will be ridden by Rebecca Tyler, a Riverton apprentice who has become a close friend of Charles.

"Terrill has been really good to me with rides," Tyler said.

 - The Southland Times

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