Fa­mil­ial feel­ing en­velops the Table­lands

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW -

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.

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