Hann’s many happy trails in SA

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LIN­COLN MOORE MORPHETTVILLE

VIC­TO­RIAN trainer Kym Hann con­tin­ued his affin­ity with Ade­laide when Like To Think So claimed yes­ter­day’s Happy Trails Se­ries Fi­nal (1400m) at Morphettville.

Hann has en­joyed some suc­cess­ful Ade­laide raids in the past cou­ple of months, but none will top Like To Think So’s win in the $100,000 fea­ture.

Taken straight to the lead by Harry Cof­fey, Like To Think So proved too smart for ri­vals on a Morphettville Parks track suit­ing on-speed horses.

Hann said he had been con­fi­dent the geld­ing could re­peat his last-start Ade­laide vic­tory from a good bar­rier.

“He came over bet­ter this time than last time,’’ Hann said. “I was pretty con­fi­dent.

“He’s hon­est, he never gives a bad run and it’s good to win a big one like that.’’

Hann paid trib­ute to Cof­fey, say­ing the horse “just runs for him’’.

Cof­fey said some solid work dur­ing the week had given him plenty of con­fi­dence, know­ing Like To Think So would make his own luck up front.

“I had a lot of con­fi­dence in the horse,’’ Cof­fey said.

“If he can con­trol the race, he’s al­ways pretty hard to beat. The sec­ond horse (Debt Col­lec­tor) is no slouch. It’s fly­ing at the mo­ment.

“He (Like To Think So) just gets to the front, con­trols races and sprints away. That’s all you can ask of a horse.’’ HIGH-PRICED two-year-old Pel­i­can was im­pres­sive on de­but yes­ter­day for the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig sta­ble.

The $450,000 year­ling sale buy is part-owned by Cool­more and is the daugh­ter of Seachange, who won seven Group 1 races.

Pel­i­can en­joyed a per­fect run be­hind the speed for Jamie Kah be­fore pow­er­ing over the top of sta­ble­mate Em­coni Star.

“She’s a very classy filly. She did a bit wrong on the turn but it was pretty im­pres­sive for her first start,’’ Kah said.

Pic­ture: ATKINS

IN CON­TROL: Harry Cof­fey and Like to Think So race away in the $100,000 fi­nal.

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