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Picture: Warren Kennedy wins on Saturday on the John Bell-trained Cleese (

Warren Kennedy has ridden in two meetings in New Zealand so far and got off the mark in the second of them.

His first meeting was on October 19th (Last Wednesday) at Tauranga and in six rides his best finishes were a third and a fourth.
He had three rides at Te Rapa on Saturday and won the 2400m handicap aboard the John Bell-trained Cleese (Sweet Orange), who paid $13,70 on the Tote. 
Tauranga is a harbourside city in the Bay Of Plenty region of New Zealand’s north island.
Tauranga is 225 km from Auckland.
Te Rapa is a suburb to the northwest of central Hamilton, a city nearby to Tauranga. 
Four of Kennedy’s rides were for the Peter and Dawn Williams yard.
There are a couple of other ex-pat South African jockeys in New Zealand.
Donovan Mansour suffered a career ending accident at the starting stalls in 2019, but is currently managing the state-of-the-art training facility Byerley Park and is also program leader of the Byerley Park-located New Zealand Equine Academy, which offers courses designed to teach the skills, knowledge and confidence essential to the equine industry. Mansour also does some bloodstock consultancy work.
Brandon May is having his third season in New Zealand and has had 17 winners in total in 321 starts. 
Craig Zackey will be joining them soon.
He had hoped to have a farewell meeting on Saturday but copped a suspension so his last meeting will be on Thursday at The Vaal. 
Meanwhile, Donovan Dillon has had six rides to date in Australia for one win, a second, two thirds and a fourth.