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Blackbird Power out to upset Ryley Major tonight

02:12 PM 25 Sep 2019 NZST
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Blackbird Power out to upset Ryley Major,Harness racing
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Talented pacer Ryley Major will start a short price favourite in tonight’s Find Us On Facebook Stakes in Launceston, but the Gavin Kelly trained and driven Blackbird Power will be out trying to upset the party in the 2698-metre standing start event.

Blackbird Power, a gelded son of Mach Three has been out of the winner’s circle since winning a Discretionary Handicap in Hobart on 5 May before he started to race below his best form, but in recent starts, the seven-year-old gelding has been showing improvement on the track.

In Hobart last week Blackbird Power enjoyed a soft run three back along the pegs when he finished third to Call Me Hector in a state record run of 1m 54.3s and Kelly is happy with the way his pacer has come through the run.

“He worked better this week than he did last week, he looks a lot brighter and is improving through his coat,” said Kelly.

“When they run a quick time like that you want to be on the pegs, but the horse wanted to be there and he hadn’t been feeling like that in previous starts,” added the trainer-driver.

Kelly admits the pacer is starting to show improvement on the track but believes Blackbird Power is still racing below his best.

“Four to six weeks ago he was just going terrible, but he is on the improve but is a long way from his best form,” Kelly explained.

Ryley Major will start a short-price favourite from his 20-metre handicap. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer is the winner of six races from only 10 starts last season and is first up from a spell after being narrowly defeated by Harjeet in Hobart on 28 July.

Kelly believes the early manners are the key to Blackbird Power’s chances.

“I think he can win if he steps but I have my doubts that he will,” he said about Blackbird Power.

Another runner in the Find Us On Facebook Stakes from the Gavin Kelly stable is Karalta Dazzler who will be handled by Adrian Collins.

“He is improving and he is a big chance to run a place,” said his trainer.

“I have been happy with his work and if he steps I think he gets a soft lead, there’s no Matty Cooper this week so that takes the early tempo out of the race, and Rohan knows with Ryley Major that he is a class above them and he can come with one run and win,” Kelly explained.

Jeans Mattjesty is the third runner from Kelly’s stable in the race, but there is no high expectations with that pacer.

“He has had two woeful runs for me and if he can finish with them I will be happy,” said Kelly about the pacer who will be driven by Taylor Ford.

In the Great Northern Super Crisp Stakes, Gavin Kelly trains and drives Capatarlee, a gelded son of Mach Three who is unplaced after four starts, but in his first three efforts, the pacer has done a lot wrong in the score up which has cost him valuable ground.

“He is better than his form suggests, it’s a big field and he doesn’t do enough right at this stage to put him into the race, he goes around again on Sunday in Hobart where he has a better draw and the right field to perform well,” Kelly said.

 

Duncan Dornauf

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