Southland trainer Robert Dennis will this weekend host a celebration to mark the happy ending of a turbulent journey to reunite his Ukrainian stablehand Alex with his wife Olena.

Alex, who asked that their surname was not published to protect their family back in Ukraine, arrived in New Zealand in 2019 to begin working for Dennis, but when immigration officials refused to grant Olena entry to the country, a heart-wrenching quest to reunite the couple was set in motion.

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