Kelly gets the drums beat­ing for Tarzan

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM BOSWELL @TomBoswellGCB

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.

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