Familial feeling envelops the Tablelands
TODAY’S feature Armidale Cup shapes as a Hirokin ‘father-son’ affair but the opener is rated an oddson chance to be a ‘dad-daughter’ day for trainer Greg Kilner and his jockey daughter Leah.
The Kilners combine with the short-priced favourite, exciting twoyear-old filly She’s Choosie, who won her first three starts by a combined seven lengths.
The daughter of Choisir blotted her copybook with a moderate performance at Doomben on February 17 when she didn’t handle the slush.
“She didn’t handle the heavy at all in Brisbane last start,’’ Greg Kilner said. “She lost about three lengths at the 600m when she hit a heavy patch and went backwards and couldn’t get going at all after that.
“We were thinking about putting her out in the paddock after Brisbane but she’s just pulled up so well and it was a bit hot here to turn her out, it was about 38 or 39 degrees so I thought we may as well aim for Armidale and wait until it cools down a bit.
“She will see the 1100m out fine. Actually, in Brisbane, she hit the line pretty good when she found a bit firmer going down the straight.’’
She’s Choosie was a canny pickup by Kilner who paid $26,000 for the filly at auction as her earnings before today are exactly double his outlay.
“She’s paid for herself which is pretty good,’’ Kilner said.
“The last one I bought, Charlee Bear, only cost $4000 and she won five races as a two-year-old.’’
Leah Kilner, meanwhile, is aiming to maintain her perfect strikerate on She’s Choosie after having ridden the filly to two wins.
“She’s pretty keen and is making every post a winner,’’ Greg Kilner said.