Shaune and Colm with Jennifer Eccles – NZ Oaks


The Training Partnership of Shaune Ritchie and Colm Murray

Shaune Ritchie Racing is proudly one of New Zealand’s most successful thoroughbred training operations located in the heart of
thoroughbred racing in Cambridge.

The widely respected horsemen continue a family legacy of conditioning horses to the elite level with tremendous success as many of their owners attest.

Their attention to detail, friendly communication, an impressive scorecard of results, has helped SRR build an enviable reputation.


Shaune Ritchie

With many iconic New Zealand premier races to his credit; The Derby, Two Thousand Guineas, Thorndon Mile, New Zealand Cup, NZ St Ledger, ARC Championship Stakes – to name some of the boys… There is no doubt that Shaune has an exceptional affinity with fillies and mares, which has long been a specialist area as evident through results; New Zealand Oaks (incl. a quinella), Eulogy Stakes, Desert Gold Stakes, Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, Eight Carat Classic, Lowland Stakes and in Australia; the Let’s Elope Stakes – as a few examples.
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Colm Murray

Born-and-bred Irishman Colm Murray joined Shaune Ritchie’s Cambridge stable in 2018 and the talented horseman is an integral member of the team. A former jumps jockey in his homeland, Murray made his way to New Zealand where he worked for another Cambridge trainer in Mark Forbes before finding his way to Shaune Ritchie Racing. “Colm is a natural horseman and he has that way about him that I think only the Kiwis and the Irish have with their horses,” Ritchie said.
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Russell Warwick – General Manager Westbury Stud “We have had horses with Shaune Ritchie for ten years and were drawn to the conditioner due to the high number of classic and feature races which Shaune had captured from his first days as a licensed trainer. Shaune (and now partner Colm Murray) are rarely without a good horse in the stable and we continue to support the team on a regular basis –
I would be happy to recommend Shaune Ritchie Racing to any prospective owner”
James McDonald – Jockey “Shaune’s horses are always turned out in great order, they’re well educated, fit and ready to race”
Sir Patrick Hogan – Legendary Stud Master/ Owner “Shaune runs a professional operation with excellent facilities. His great success in training has shown that he’s really inherited the family ability. I am happy to have him train for me”
Mick Dittman – Retired Champion Australian Jockey/ Owner “I’ve built up a terrific relationship with Shaune and find him honest, his assessment of a horse accurate, the ride enjoyable and profitable!”


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Shaune is no stranger to campaigning horses offshore. Having tasted true international triumph with the mighty Bonecrusher, Shaune has continued to fruitfully campaign his horses across the Tasman. Shaune’s high level of accomplishment, along with his ability to prepare a horse to go on and compete on the international stage has been instrumental in establishing successful partnerships with prominent Hong Kong owners who have given him the thumbs up.
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