Amanda Kiddie may never have trained a winner but she is going for a double at Alexandra Park on Thursday night.
And her last win came there just five nights earlier.
Confused? Read on.
Kiddie has just started training and so far had only had a handful of start with old trotter Brookby Prince, who has been battling away as he always does.
But just because she hasn’t trained a winner yet doesn’t mean Kiddie hasn’t been a winner herself this week because she took out the Groom of the Year award at the North Island Awards dinner at Alexandra Park last Saturday night.
And just in the nick of time, because now she has a trainers licence she won’t be eligible for that category next season.
“This award has been 10 years in the making,” she said on Saturday after what as a popular announcement.
Kiddie’s last boss was Tony Grayling, who has retired from training to work at Woodlands Stud, which is how she inherited both Brookby Prince but more importantly Ideal Flybye, who makes her debut from the new stable at Alexandra Park tonight.
The mare showed real talent last season and is way better than her class two assessment.
Kiddie admits she is a hard mare to train but punters would be smart to keep an eye on her in the months ahead.
Ideal Flybye does meet a tough field tonight, with the five-year-old up against the likes of The Wild Card and Electric Chapel, both of who will make it most of the way to open class.
The Wild Card looks the value bet in the race as he was third to Cyamach and Te Kawau last start and six of his seven wins have come in Alexandra Park mobiles.
He has the services of Tony Herlihy who will also partner the favourite for the feature trot in Leanne’s Boy.
He has emerged a real up and comer over the winter and his win last Friday was effortless against similar opposition.
Leanne’s Boy does however go back 10m for that and the run of the third-placed Sunshield last Friday was eyecatching after an early gallop so if he trots throughout he could give the favourite plenty to chase.
Leanne’s Boy is just one favourite backing up from last Friday, with Lucky Fortune (race 10) and I Got Rhythm (race four) trotters who can win again as the remain in the same grade after penalty free wins in invited driver’s races.
Courtesy Harness Racing New Zealand