Cullen key to Lee's FFA hopes

12:55 AM 03 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Keayang Cullen
Keayang Cullen

Metropolitan harness racing is at Melton on Friday night this week and The Sew-Eurodrive Free For All is the final leg of the Quaddie.

Yarra Valley Cup winner Mustang Mach is a scratching but the field boasts some serious horseflesh nevertheless.

Congupna hero Bitobliss will take his place in the field as will Sew-Eurodrive Victoria Cup victor and winner of over $930,000 in prizemoney, Caribbean Blaster.

An interesting runner is Keayang Cullen, trained by Marg Lee at Terang. 

The Christian Cullen gelding boasts an impressive strike rate of 17 wins from 33 starts and his trainer is ‘very happy’ with how he has performed in his two starts back from a spell. 

“He just had a few little problems, a few niggles after the Inter Dominion so I decided to give him a good rest,” Lee says. 

“There’s a lot of speed off the front row tonight but Keayang Cullen has good gate speed himself.

“He’ll just have to follow something through.  Drawing off the front would have been better but you take the draws you are given.” 

Keayang Cullen is likely to contest the Bendigo and Hamilton Cups, and connections will make a decision on which races he contests after that. 

The Lee family has a little more to worry about right now than fast horses – about an hour before Keayang Cullen’s recent third at Ballarat Lee received the news that son Jack Lee had sustained burns to his legs in a sprint car fire at Avalon raceway. 

Lee made a late night dash to his side but Jack is progressing well, and according to Lee will make a full recovery.

Perhaps Keayang Cullen can speed that recovery with another good performance this Friday night.

by Lucy McCormick

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