Kiwi ride makes great strides

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

heated with fel­low three-year-old filly Best Case.

Af­ter ste­wards had be­come in­volved in analysing the photo print, how­ever, Best Case was de­clared the win­ner.

‘‘Win­ning that race on Satur­day is a lit­tle bit of jus­tice, I still think it should have been de­clared a dead-heat,’’ said John Reily.

That 1600-me­tre race was orig­i­nally in­tended as Kir­ramosa’s fi­nal lead-up to the VRC Oaks but she had thrived to such an ex­tent in the mean­time, her trainer felt she had to have another start.

‘‘The race took noth­ing out of her and now I have to say I’m pleased I changed my mind.’’

As a re­sult of that change of tack, none of John’s fel­low own­ers were on hand to share in the oc­ca­sion.

A full com­ple­ment is ex­pected in town for the Oaks, how­ever, with Kir­ramosa the favourite to add her name to the list of eight fil­lies that have com­pleted the big dou­ble in the past 20 years.

‘‘Come Thurs­day we’ll be there with bells on and win or lose it’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ said John Reily.

Photo: TR­ISH DUNELL

Rac­ing ahead: The John Sar­gent-trained filly Kir­ramosa, who won the Wake­ful Stakes at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day and is the favourite to add the A$1 mil­lion VRC Oaks.

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