Day At The Track

Kilo has too many watts

09:00 AM 11 Mar 2018 NZDT
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Kilowatt Kid,Harness racing
Kilowatt Kid (5) and Blair Orange beating The Bus (12) and Samantha Ottley
Photo Bruce Stewart

At the start of the season Branxholme harness racing trainer Alister Black rated Kilowatt Kid as his best three year old. But  that was before Lawrence started to hit his straps and looked to have an advantage over his stablemate.

However Kilowatt Kid has made a bit of a comeback in recent weeks and today's win in the Caduceus Club of Southland Super Nuggets Final has swayed Black's opinion again.

“I don’t know what to put it down to really. I gave him a freshen and I've always thought he goes well fresh. Today he was like that and raced accordingly,” he said.

The American Ideal gelding's form has been impeccable this season. He's won three of his eight starts and Black knew during the week that he was in tune for today's feature.

“His work on Thursday was nothing short of superb. I woke him up a bit, saying come on son, it’s time to be a race horse.”

Black, like all trainers, gets to know his horses and he's discovered how Kilowatt Kid best operates.

"I’ve looked after him all the way through because I’ve really really liked him. Maybe I was being a wee bit soft on him.”

Kilowatt Kid is owned by Ian and Lindsay Thomson both of whom have been great supporters of the young Branxholme trainer.

“Without them I wouldn't be here. Ian and Lindsay have been so good to me. Words can’t describe it. What they’ve put into the game - I hope they get a good horse one day and I hope I’m around to see it and train it.”

In today's final driver Blair Orange had Kilowatt Kid in the outside running line. With a lap to run stablemate Lawrence was putting pressure on the leader as well as on the favourite, The Bus. At the 600 Orange improved the gelding, taking him three wide and at the top of the straight he challenged the two leaders. In what was a  real staying test Kilowatt Kid got the better of The Bus just before the post, winning by half a neck. 

Ian Thomson, Lindsay Thomson, Alister Black, Shirley Leakie (sister of the Ian and Lindsay),
Blair Orange, Riley Black, Sheree Black and McKenzie Black    - Photo Bruce Stewart

“He’s got an awesome attitude and a lovely way of going. I thought we had a good chance today even though Trottech completely wrote us off. I wasn’t so sure that we could bet The Bus, but we did.”

Kilowatt Kid won't be targeting the New Zealand Derby, with Black preferring to stay close to home and aim at the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes on Diamonds Day at the end of next month.  

Bruce Stewart
Southland harness racing



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