Day At The Track

Kid Montana wins Narrabri Cup

04:40 AM 25 Apr 2019 NZST
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Kid Montana races down the Narrabri home straight with Chris Shepherdson in the gig to win Monday's feature Narrabri Cup.
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The running of the harness racing Shop 2390 Narrabri Cup proved to be a popular win for locally trained pacer Kid Montana.

Raced by Narrabri's Chris Shepherdson, Nathans Dicks, Charles Dicks, Garry Shepherdson, Peter Shepherdson and Neil Drysdale, Kid Montana claimed his third win on the trot at the Narrabri harness meeting on Easter Monday.

"I think he breaks their hearts," was how part owner and trainer Peter Shepherdson summed up the win.

"He has got a blistering sprint and he can go from last to first and put a gap on them - he (Kid Montana) loves doing that."

The Narrabri HRC hosted their Carnival of Cups meeting on Easter Monday with a big crowd in attendance to witness the local pacer, who is trained on the track, take home the trophy.

Kid Montana had a 14 metre win over another local pacer in Lexie Can Wait (Tom Ison) from the Jarred Hetherington stables.

Darby Heights from the Weidemann stables was 11m away third.

"We got lucky," stated reinsman Chris Shepherdson after the win.

"But the horse does put his heart into the race every time he goes out and that is his main attribute. Hopefully he continues on."

The result made it three wins in as many weeks for Kid Montana after taking out the DUCATS Earthmoving 4-year-old stakes (1609m) with a mile rate of 1.57.6 at the Armidale meeting on April 7.

That was followed up with a feature win at the Narrabri lead-in meeting the previous Sunday when the Rock N Roll Heaven - Same Action gelding won the Wee Waa Cup (2160m) in 1.59.3 minutes.

Tamworth reinsman Scotty-Jon Welsh handled the reins on that occasion with a 4.5 metre win over Dubbo pacer Koloura Flight (Bruce McKinnon).

Kid Montana won the Narrabri Cup in a mile rate of 1.59.8 for 2160m with the four-year-old gelding clocking sectionals of 31.3 seconds; 32.4 seconds; 29.3 seconds and 27.7 seconds.

"They went easier than what I thought," Chris Shepherdson said.

"I thought there would be a fair bit of speed on in the race. I thought if he was good enough to go then (as the bell sounded) and win he was good enough."

Shepherdson elected to make the race move before the bell sounded, sprinting from last and reeling in his opposition along the way, including his main danger - Lexie Can Wait - before sprinting away from the field.

"He (Kid Montana) hit the front and kept trying to the line - it was a nice run," he said.

"I went early mainly because of the speed in the race. It is hard to make up a lot of ground from the back but he hit the line well."

"When I went down the back, I could see that Lexie Can Wait was stuck behind the leader (Rolamax) and couldn't get out."

"I thought I better roll when I did as I felt he (Lexie Can Wait) had a bit to offer. I got the jump on him before he could get out."

Kid Montana commenced his racing career as a three-year-old at Armidale back in March 2018 and has now recorded 11 wins and 11 placings from 38 race starts.

"For everyone that does work around here at the track, and everyone puts in a lot of hours here, to get a result likes this makes it worthwhile," Chris Shepherdson added.

For Club President and trainer of Kid Montana, Peter Shepherdson, the win rounded out a good weekend.

"I'm over the moon to get a Wee Waa Cup and a Narrabri Cup. I have had a pretty special weekend as my son (Adam) got married to Jacinta on Saturday night and this (win) just tops it off very nicely," he said.

"I have to thank Chris for his drive - I thought he went too early but that win certainly shows a good horse."

Julie Maughan

Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

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