McKin­non still in full Flight at 75

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - AMANDA RANDO

AT the age of 75 Dubbo horse­man Bruce McKin­non is still hav­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences.

Hav­ing been in­volved in har­ness rac­ing for al­most 52 years, McKin­non will have his first drive on the In­verell track to­day.

He will be driv­ing his beloved pacer Koloura Flight in the fea­ture on the pro­gram, the Tab­corp Carnival of Cups (2000m), drawn bar­rier seven.

“I’ve never raced at this track be­fore and I wish we drew the front row,” McKin­non said.

“My bloke is a much bet­ter horse off the front but it’s just one of those things.”

Koloura Flight at least has the form be­hind him to be one of the fan­cied horses in the field de­spite the draw he faces.

He won at Tam­worth four starts ago in a 1:58.9 mile rate which was his sixth win to date.

The lightly-raced six-yearold only be­gan rac­ing two years ago and has made up for lost time.

“He is a very nice horse and we’ve had a lot of fun with him,” McKin­non said.

“But he had a bad start, he was caught in a fence as a young horse and ripped his hind leg open.

“They said he would never race.”

And 31 starts later, Koloura Flight has also se­cured 11 plac­ings along the way.

The geld­ing is one of five horses McKin­non works on his prop­erty.

“I’m also break­ing in a year­ling half-brother to Koloura Flight at the mo­ment,” McKin­non re­vealed.

“I also do a bit of farm­ing grow­ing oats and bar­ley . . . I just like keep­ing busy.

“I’ve al­ways had horses right through from Pony Club through to rac­ing thor­ough­breds but now I just fo­cus on har­ness rac­ing and breed our own horses.”

How­ever, McKin­non will not be the only per­son mak­ing a de­but to­day.

Young driver Emma Ison will also make an In­verell de­but hav­ing her first drive in an of­fi­cial race.

The 16-year- old third gen­er­a­tion reinswoman will drive Fear No Evil, trained by her fa­ther An­drew Ison, in race four.

And the com­pe­ti­tion will be tough as she faces her older broth­ers Sam and Tom who will also drive in the event.

“I have been an­tic­i­pat­ing this for ages,” Ison said.

“I love rac­ing against my broth­ers – we do it in the tri­als so it would be great in a race.

“They have al­ways been look­ing out for me.

“I al­ways wanted to drive the big horses ever since I was lit­tle.”

Ison will then take to the track in race nine to drive Franco Seville.

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