Rugby stalwart’s widow ‘privileged’ to turn out to be half proprietor of namesake horse

Rugby stalwart’s widow ‘privileged’ to become part owner of namesake horse

A gray gelding named to honour late New Brighton rugby stalwart Ceddy Smith has rekindled his widow’s love of horses after she was stunned to be gifted a component share.

Zena Smith, who misplaced her husband of 58 years in March final 12 months, was “privileged” to be added to the possession of the Michael Pitman-trained three-year-old, Ceddy Smith, after Wellington couple Leigh and Ian Vibert made the gesture.

The Smiths and Viberts beforehand co-owned mare Montoya Star, who headed to the breeding barn final 12 months after profitable 9 races and incomes $184,000 from 33 begins.

Montoya Star ended her racing profession shortly after Ceddy died aged 79.

“Leigh referred to as and wished to know if myself and the household have been okay to name him Ceddy Smith. That was simply pretty,” Zena Smith mentioned.

“It’s given me an curiosity. I’m privileged to have been gifted a share. Ceddy actually cherished having a horse.

“We’ve had a few horses with Michael many, a few years again after which Montoya Star got here up. She was an ideal wee mare.”

She mentioned Montoya Star was very important whereas her husband battled sickness.

“Ceddy was identified with the early levels of Alzheimer’s earlier than he handed and Montoya Star was one thing to maintain him actually occupied.

“He couldn’t keep in mind what he’d had for breakfast however ask him what time Montoya ran within the final race and he’d have the ability to let you know.”

She watched Ceddy Smith break his maiden over 1200m at Riccarton final Saturday after which end fifth in one other 3YO race on the course on Wednesday.

If the early stage of his profession pans out, Pitman will take him to Trentham for the Group One Levin Traditional (1600m) on January 16.

“You don’t win $30,000 maidens at cup conferences except you’ve received capability,” mentioned Pitman, who purchased Ceddy Smith on the Magic Tens of millions yearling gross sales on the Gold Coast.

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