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New partnerships feature as 22/23 season commences

South Australian racing will have four new training partnerships when the 2022-23 season commences at Gawler today.

Belinda Blanch will have her name in the form guide alongside husband Peter, Ali Brook will join husband Barry, Darren Magro and Aimee Bush will combine their Gawler stables while Greg Lesnikowski and Ryan Hannemann will join forces. 

Belinda Blanch been a critical member of their boutique Morphettville stable, and Peter said it was fitting to have her name in the form guide alongside his.

“She’s pretty excited,’’ Blanch said.

“We’ve been a partnership for 27 years now off the track and still going strong and it will be nice to see her getting some of the credit for what we do on it,’’ he said.

The Blanch combination will have their first runner when Muffla steps out at Gawler on Wednesday.

Darren Magro and Aimee Bush are partners off the track and now on it.

Bush has had success with Arctic Blaze and Olive Grove will now combine stables and have around 15 horses in work at Gawler with their first runner set to be Betta Eddie on their home track today.

“We like to keep the stable boutique, not much will change,’’ Magro said.

Ali Brook joins husband Barry in partnership in their Oakbank operation, while Ryan Hannemann will feature in the form guide alongside Greg Lesnikowski.

The Strathalbyn stable are coming off a smart win by Saville at Balaklava last Wednesday and have had three winners from their last 11 runners.

“Ryan is a really smart young guy,’’ Lesnikowski said.

“He’s got an equestrian background, he spent time working with Megan Jones is exactly the sort of guy the racing industry needs,’’ he said.

Ashton Downing has joined forces with Niki O'Shea, with the pair saddling up Go Ballistic at Gawler on Wednesday.

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