Racing: Gerard taking reins at Ballymore

Highly regarded horsewoman Pam Gerard brings a ton of experience to her new role. Picture / Trish Dunell
Highly regarded horsewoman Pam Gerard brings a ton of experience to her new role. Picture / Trish Dunell

A new partnership will shortly head Ballymore Stables' racing operation at Matamata.

Chad Ormsby, who has been training with stable proprietor Mike Moroney, will step down from his role next month and will be succeeded by highly regarded horsewoman Pam Gerard.

An experienced and successful trainer for a number of years when based in Canterbury, Gerard has played a pivotal role as assistant trainer at Te Akau Racing for more than five years since shifting to the North Island.

This season she has been managing Te Akau's South Island team and staff.

She has been integral to the respective classic successes of Risque and Xtravagant in the New Zealand 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Chad for his efforts and input into Ballymore Stables since he came into the partnership in the 2011-12 season," Moroney said.

"He has played a key role in our operation which, during his time with Ballymore, has produced 115 wins, including six at Group or Listed level for prizemoney just short of $2 million."

Gerard trained a total of 91 winners in her own right before moving north and commencing as assistant trainer with Te Akau in 2011.

"Pam brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and horsemanship to the table and we are very excited to have secured her," Moroney said.

- NZ Racing Desk

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