Julias Song is a great a find for Adam Kelly

06:47 AM 25 Aug 2010 NZST
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Julias Song would have to be one of the most improved pacers in Australia given her record since joining the harness racing stable of Victorian trainer Adam Kelly. The former New Zealand mare began her campaign in Tasmania at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night (August 22) where she scored an effortless all-the-way win over stable mates Balencia and Alma Grant in the Will Stakes over 2200 metres.

Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hadley didn't overtax the mare with her pedestrian mile rate of 2.03.1 testament to the slow pace set in front.

But it was still little more than a stroll in the park for the daughter of Julius Caesar that is prepared at Cranbourne in Victoria by Adam Kelly, who is no stranger to Tasmania.

Kelly has spent a lot of time in Tasmania caring for horses from the Gavin Lang stable.

Kelly said the four-year-old mare had been a good find for him and other part-owners Adam Hughes, Paul Wellington and Jack Scott.

"Another trainer in Melbourne, Brent Lilley, put us onto this mare that was racing without any success in New Zealand," Kelly said.

"She had managed only one minor placing from 10 starts over there (NZ) but from her eight starts for us she's had four wins and as many seconds."

"She's definitely no star but we are hoping she can keep hoping and eventually get to town (Melton) for some nice mares' races," he said.

Kelly said he will leave the mare with Scottsdale trainer Max Hadley for one or two more starts before taking her back to Victoria.

Peter STAPLES

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