Southland part-owners rapt with win
Two Southlanders part-own the winner of yesterday's $1million Karaka Million at Ellerslie in Auckland.
Invercargill businessman Jack Faul and Helen Christian, of Bluff, are in the 10-member Go Racing Almighty Dawn Syndicate that race Ruud Awakening from Stephen Marsh's Cambridge stable.
Mrs Christian bought into the syndicate in May when shares were advertised.
She had earlier lost money in two or three finance companies.
''They went belly-up, so I said, 'no more, I'll have a gamble on a horse','' Mrs Christian said today.
Ruud Awakening is her first horse.
''I liked the breeding, she's a grandchild of Danehill and my late husband Bill was a fan of Danehill.''
Owners of runners in the Karaka Million watched the race together in the grandstand.
Mrs Christian only got a clear view of Ruud Awakening in the final 200m, the sight of her filly leading and in no danger of defeat giving her ''a wonderful feeling.''
''We couldn't hear (the race caller), there was so much screaming, cheering for different horses.
''It was exciting.''
The Southland Times