Happy Guys another Kelso success
still has his trainers scratching their heads, he never figured and wound up second-last.
‘‘He came through the race good as gold so we just put a line through it,’’ says Ken. ‘‘It knocked our confidence a bit but we were happy with him going into Te Rapa and it was great to see him come out and win.’’
Ken had left his wife Bev in charge on the home front while he headed across to Sydney late last week, where Xanadu was racing in the Emancipation Stakes on the final day of the Randwick carnival. The Te Rapa luck failed to rub off across the Tasman, with Xanadu meeting interference at least twice in the home straight and having to settle for a close fifth.
‘‘Yes, it was frustrating to go all that way and have that sort of luck. Still, she’s had a good season and no-one’s complaining,’’ Ken said.
Xanadu, booked on the first flight home, was headed for the spelling paddock win, lose or draw, and it’s likely that Happy Guys will also have a let-up before being prepared for spring racing.
‘‘We’re going to have a nice team to kick off the new season and now that he’s back in form he could be up for the spring races at Hastings.’’
Xanadu, who was placed in all three legs of the Hawke’s Bay spring treble, will be back on hand for a similar programme before hopefully heading to Melbourne.
The other open handicap at Te Rapa on the weekend was also won by a Matamata-trained horse, Graham Richardsontrained Huffer.
In her first start for two months, the Waikato Stud-bred mare easily beat her opposition in the Mitavite Premier.
On form: Hong Kong returnee Happy Guys and Michael Coleman score another notable win for the Kelso stable at Te Rapa on Saturday.