Isaac Lupton has a few more hurdles to jump before he regards his record as complete.
The gifted jumps jockey recorded his 100th win over fences in New Zealand when Man O' Mann was successful at Oamaru last week.
"It was good to get there [100 wins]," said Lupton, who recorded his first win in October 1997. "There have been a lot of good riders who haven't."
Lupton, who leads the jumping riders' premiership this term, has won virtually every decent steeplechase in New Zealand, most more than once, but the big hurdle races have eluded him.
The 33-year-old has a remarkable record over country with his major wins including the Pakuranga Hunt Cup (five times), Great Northern Steeplechase (three times), Grand National Steeplechase (three times), Wellington Steeplechase (twice), Waikato Steeplechase, Manawatu Steeplechase and the Koral Steeplechase.
He has also won the Waikato Hurdles four times but is yet to win any of the big three hurdle races – Great Northern, Grand National and Wellington Hurdles.
In the meantime, he gets another chance today to win the Hawke's Bay Steeplechase, one of the few big steeplechases to escape him.
"The Hawke's Bay and the Great Western [at Riverton] are probably the only ones I haven't won." Lupton has rides in each of the five jumping races at Hastings today.
He will partner Karlos in the Hawke's Bay Steeplechase, At The Top in the Hawke's Bay Hurdles and Goldmist, Maravi and Binklebonk in the maiden jumping events.
Karlos has won only once over country, in a maiden steeplechase at Ellerslie in 2010, but was the runner-up to Hypnotize in the Great Northern at his next start and ran third in the Grand National last year.
His best form has been on wet tracks but he won the Waikato Hurdles last year and Lupton believes he can still be competitive on good ground today.
Zagata and Better On Top opened as co-favourites at $3.50, with Volkswagin at $4.80 and Karlos at $8.50.
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