Dou­ble-banger as Kylie breaks through

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

Novice trainer Kylie Fawcett stole the show at her home track race meet­ing last Fri­day when she sad­dled up her first ever win­ner as a trainer – and then promptly added a sec­ond.

Thor­ough­breds have for more than a decade been a big part of Kylie’s life, with her most mem­o­rable pre­vi­ous achieve­ment be­ing the co-breeder and part-owner of 2010 Queens­land Oaks win­ner My Keep­sake.

Hav­ing based her­self un­der the Ox­ford Thor­ough­breds ban­ner at her prop­erty sev­eral kilo­me­tres south of Mata­mata with a small brood­mare band and young stock, last sea­son Kylie de­cided to broaden her reach by tak­ing out a trainer’s li­cence.

She racked up a num­ber of plac­ings with her small rac­ing string and it had been more of the same in the new sea­son, with Solomon her most no­table con­trib­u­tor run­ning three sec­onds from four starts.

‘‘The large cheer squad on hand were led by Kylie and Jas­mine's just turned 90-year- old grand­mother Betty Fawcett.’’

The break­through came with Solomon in the fourth race on Fri­day’s card, the An­croft Stud 1100, and was made all the more mem­o­rable through the winning jockey be­ing none other than Kylie’s cousin, Jas­mine Fawcett.

The large cheer squad on hand were led by Kylie and Jas­mine’s just turned 90-year- old grand­mother Betty Fawcett and var­i­ous other re­la­tions in­clud­ing Jas­mine’s mother and keen sta­ble helper Tracey.

But the cel­e­bra­tions were far from ended with that ca­reer-first win.

Just over half an hour later Peaky Blin­ders, one of Kylie’s first sea­son placeget­ters, com­pleted a pos­si­bly unique dou­ble when he ran away with the Pa­per Plus Mata­mata 1200.

As well as the gath­er­ing of fam- ily mem­bers span­ning four gen­er­a­tions, Ed­die Wright, who co-bred and part-owns both win­ners with Kylie, was also on hand for the big dou­ble.

Be­sides her rac­ing string, Kylie is also busy with the fin­ish­ing touches be­ing ap­plied prior to Ox­ford Thor­ough­breds’ draft for the Karaka year­ling sales at the end of the month.

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