Harness racing fans have a soft spot for Master Kiesey – and why wouldn’t you?
The 13-year-old won his 19th race on Saturday at Maryborough’s non-TAB meeting, defeating Ballan Road by 3.4m in a rate of 2:08.9 over 2190m.
Driven by Grant Campbell, Master Kiesey stepped superbly and led from start to finish at start number 310.
“He’s been a great horse for us,” trainer Brian Kiesey said.
“He’s as sound as a bell and he’s enjoying life and enjoying his races. He still gets around all the yearlings at home and gives them hell,” he quipped.
Kiesey said Master Kiesey would race on next season as a 14-year-old.
“We don’t knock him about. You never see him get hit with the whip. He eats well and he loves his racing,” he said.
Kiesey said his philosophy was to give horses plenty of time to find their feet before taking them to the racetrack.
He pointed to a trotter he is working with at the moment who has been in work for three years but is yet to race.
“She’s never been to the track. When I first got her she was a lunatic. But now she’s easy to drive and she’s going to be pretty good when we get her to the racetrack.”
He also mentioned Apple Beach, which he acquired from the Jayne Davies stable before turning her into a trotter.
“I’ve just had to teach her to trot,” he said.
“That’s what this season is all about. Next season will be about her winning races.
“It took 18 months to get Apple Beach going, but now she’s leading and getting away nicely in races.”
Despite her poor strike rate (one win from 50 starts), optimistic Kiesey says punters should keep following the daughter of Life Sign.
“She’s the best horse I’ve had in 35 years. Next year it’ll be about her winning races.”
By Cody Winnell
Harness Racing Victoria