Kelly gets the drums beating for Tarzan
GOLD Coast trainer Les Kelly has reunited with Kim’s Tarzan with stunning success.
Kim’s Tarzan won the QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1200m) on the Gold Coast on Saturday in what was the three-year-old’s first run in Australia.
It was his first run for Kelly who first crossed paths with Kim’s Tarzan 18 months ago.
Kelly was taking a break from training when a Singapore-based client asked him to find him a winning horse at the 2016 Karaka Million sales in New Zealand.
The trainer bought the horse and thought that would be the last he would see of the gelding.
The now three-year-old failed to place in three runs in New Zealand racing under the name of Tarzan.
But he has found form after being brought back to Australia to link with Kelly six months ago.
“It was a good run and he has improved a lot, that horse,” Kelly said.
“I actually picked him out at the sales for a Singaporean client and I wasn’t training at the time – I was having a break.
“When I started up training again they decided to send it over to me.”
Kim’s Tarzan ($4.80) jumped well on Saturday and went to the front early before kicking away in the final 200m to win easily from Don’t Stutter ($4) and Iron Dome ($26).
Kim’s Tarzan was gelded upon arrival to Australia and sent to spell in Beaudesert before beginning work for Kelly three months ago.
Kelly said having Kim’s Tarzan gelded and putting a tongue-tie on him for the first time had played a big role in his turnaround in form.
Les Kelly turned Tarzan around.