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Jamie Richards

Jamie Richards

Jamie joined Te Akau Racing in March 2014 as Racing Manager and became a part of the NZ trainer partnership with Stephen Autridge in May 2015.

In July 2018 he took over as sole trainer for Te Akau Racing in New Zealand.

He grew up with horses from an early age and was always destined to be involved in the industry one way or another. His father, Paul, was a successful jockey in the South Island and has since turned his hand to training. His mother, Leanne, has also been involved with Racing Administration and was President of the Otago Racing Club.

Jamie attended Otago Boys’ High School but maintained his interest with horses, riding work through school holidays and at every available opportunity. He graduated from the Otago University with a degree in Management and Accounting (B.COM) before completing a postgraduate diploma in Marketing. Whilst at University, Jamie spent time working for Pencarrow Racing when Mark Walker headed that team and learnt a lot in his time there.

Jamie was awarded a Sunline Scholarship by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Assocation. The scholarship took in three destinations, the first in Newmarket at the prestigious Cheveley Park.  He spent time there learning how to foal mares, foal handling skills and becoming familiar with the resident stallions. He also attended the night classes at the English National Stud which he found very interesting, especially the lecture by Juddmonte Racing Manager, Teddy Grimthorpe. From there he visited Coolmore Stud in Ireland and closed out his trip with a yearling preparation at Taylor Made in Lexington, USA. Being able to work at the Sarotoga Sale & world-renowned Keeneland Yearling Sale was an amazing experience.

Jamie then returned home to work for New Zealand Bloodstock assisting in the Marketing and Bloodstock departments before moving to Matamata to work at Waikato Stud. Being involved with the daily vet work, racing team and part of the team that landed the leading vendor award at Karaka 2014 was a huge buzz.  Jamie has also enjoyed success as an amateur rider, even winning a race in the Te Akau tangerine colours aboard Highly Likely. His amateur record is enviable: 10 race day rides for 5 wins.

Since being involved in the Te Akau Team, Jamie has been particularly active assisting David at yearling sales both in NZ and Australia, riding work on a daily basis and looking after owners on trial and race days.

He is a dedicated and skilled professional with an incredible work ethic and all round knowledge of racing and breeding worldwide that well and truly surpasses his youth.

In just over three years of training, Jamie has trained 263 winners, with 38 Group and Listed victories to his credit.  This tally includes 14 at the elite Group 1 level. 

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