Kip­keino seeks to out-run ri­vals

The Southland Times - - RACING - TIM RYAN

The po­lar blast that put paid to Satur­day’s meet­ing at Tren­tham may have played into the hands of re­cent big race win­ners at Hast­ings.

The Welling­ton Hur­dle and Welling­ton Steeplechase have been added to Thurs­day’s meet­ing at Hast­ings.

That was the scene of re­spec­tive vic­to­ries by Kip­keino and Just Ishi in the Hawke’s Bay Hur­dle and Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase when last taken to the races.

Lucy de Lau­tour, who trains Kip­keino and owns him in part­ner­ship with hus­band Will, is thank­ful the race was resched­uled giv­ing her horse an­other crack at a pres­tige event.

Kip­keino de­liv­ered a ca­reer high­light for the Waipuku­rau horse­woman with vic­tory in the Hawke’s Bay Hur­dle rid­den by Shaun Phe­lan who again takes the reins.

The 9-year-old geld­ing has been good a flat per­former, with a 13-length romp in a maiden hur­dle last Au­gust had been his only pre­vi­ous suc­cess in six at­tempts over jumps but he had run sec­ond in an­other four. His deeds so far have ex­ceeded the ex­pec­ta­tions of his trainer who is hop­ing her mainly farm-trained pride and joy can pro­vide more of the same when he tack­les the Welling­ton Hur­dle.

‘‘It’s a re­ally good field,’’ she said. ‘‘But he’s done well since his last start and he’s proven over the course and dis­tance – hope­fully all goes well.’’ The query on Thurs­day may be the heavy track, his two hur­dle vic­to­ries com­ing on Slow9 foot­ing but judg­ing by his last start win he will be a strong con­tender and five of his flat wins came on heavy tracks.

The out­stand­ing jumper Sea King – a win­ner of 15 races who, with 71 kg on his back, was at­tempt­ing to set a met­ric weight­car­ry­ing record in the Hawke’s Bay Hur­dle when third be­hind Kip­keino, finds him­self again with 71kg but 2kg closer in the hand­i­cap this time.

Justa Char­lie sec­ond in that race, meets Kip­keino 1.5kg bet­ter off.

New­com­ers Thatz David, The Shack­ler, Up­per Cut, Max and Zeedee­du­dadeeko add in­ter­est to Thurs­day’s con­test.

Just Ishi han­dled his tough­est steeplechase test to date with ease at Hast­ings a few weeks ago, adding to his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with a run­away vic­tory in the Hawke’s Bay Steeplechase.

The 9-year-old Ishig­uru geld­ing was mak­ing only his fourth start over the big­ger fences, hav­ing won two of the pre­vi­ous three in the style of a ris­ing steeplechas­ing star.

He went to a new level, romp­ing home by 16 lengths. Own­er­trainer-breeder Gail Tem­per­ton can’t fault the horse head­ing into Hast­ings.

PHOTO::RACE IM­AGES

Shaun Phe­lan and Kip­keino in ac­tion on their way to vic­tory in the Hawke’s Bay Hur­dles.

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