First win for Armour


Sadness and joy have punctuated the past five weeks for Shannon Armour, who gained her first win as a trainer when Ivana Legacy won at Forbury Park on Thursday Night.

Five weeks ago, Shannon gave birth to her and husband Andrew's (Archie) second child, Beauden. Two weeks later she lost her father.

“The win was dedicated to my Dad, Ron Lilley,” Shannon said.

A native of Auckland, the 27-year-old Shannon said she'd been riding horses since she was five and advanced to representing New Zealand at dressage, showjumping and eventing.

“My horses grazed at the Kumeu track,” Shannon said, “Ray Green trained there, I helped him and the odd other trainer.”

After moving south, she worked for both Kirk Larsen and Tom Kilkelly and was also employed as a swabbing steward at both the gallops and the trots for two to three years.

“I've got a trials licence and had enough drives to qualify for a junior's licence but I'm a rider, not a driver, so I didn't bother going further.”

A couple of years back, Andrew and Shannon spent about seven months in Australia and while Andrew continued his career as a driver, Shannon rode for an endurance and showing stable in Marbrug, Queensland.

Back in Invercargill, Shannon is currently on maternity leave from her job in the Travelex foreign currency booth, part of Lakers House Of Travel.

As well as a new son, Shannon and Andrew have a daughter Brooklynn, aged two-and-a-half.

Not surprisingly, neither made it to Forbury Park and Ivana Legacy was left in the care of Grant Milne.

The son of Edendale trainer Alex Milne, Grant was the only one of the large number of owners who made the trip north.

Shannon said the ownership group is made up of members of the Squash club where Andrew plays, and other friends.

They purchased Ivana Legacy privately from her breeder Megan McLellan for $1000. The four-year-old traces back to Derek and Jim Dynes' broodmare gem Tactics.

The branch developed by the late Jim and Rene Holland includes the likes of Just Ella, the group one winners It's Ella and Some Legacy, along with Lucy Legacy and Luciano.

Ivana Legacy was driven in the win by Craig Ferguson.

Eight years earlier, Ferguson had scored his first ever race win on Lucy Legacy, a half-sister to Ivana Legacy's dam Badland's Legacy. Ferguson's then boss Brendon McLellan, trained Lucy Legacy.

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