Happy Guys an­other Kelso suc­cess

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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.

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