Ashburton harness racing trainer Laurence Hanrahan knows just how good Cullen Kefee is. That is why he has sent the Christian Cullen three-year-old to the spelling paddock rather than trying to make the most of his 3YO concessions over the winter.
Cullen Keefe, who is owned in Canada, made it two wins from as many starts when easily putting away a C1 field at Oamaru on Sunday. He was also equally impressive when winning his debut at Ashburton a fortnight earlier.
“We have got one penalty free win now and that will do us,” said Hanrahan. “I want to look after him so he can have a spell now before coming back to target some nice races in the spring,’ he added.
“I think he is the nicest three-year-old I have had for 10 years,” enthused Hanrahan.
That’s quite a statement considering in that time Hanrahan has raced talented types such as Marika and Empire Flame.
Driver Ricky May shared Hanrahan’s thoughts when questioned about the first foal from the well performed racemare Luckisaladytonight.
“I really rate the horse and think he will do a tremendious job,” said May, who drove Cullen Keefe’s dam on multiple occasions. “Laurence is really looking after him and I think that will pay off in the long run,” he added.
By Mitchell Robertson