Day At The Track

Kilowatt Kid equals Southland record

10:00 PM 28 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Kilowatt Kid looked smart enough last season but he appeared to have gone to another level when he won the Woodlands Motors Mobile Pace at Ascot Park today.

Last season Black found a formula for driving Kilowatt Kid that seemed to suit him.

“He’s just one of those horses that had to be covered up, then from about the 600 you’d start driving him positive,” said trainer Alister Black.

But Black has seen changes in the gelding this season.

“He's stronger this year. He’s probably eating better too. Hopefully he’ll be able to do more work. Last year he couldn’t and he showed that. In the Supremacy he lead up and they went 3-20 (2700 metres) but he was found wanting at the top of the straight. But he still kept giving, and ran fifth.”

The South of the Waitaki is a race specifically for horses trained south of the Waitaki River. It features on Show Day at Addington and although it's on the cards for Kilowatt Kid, it's not a certainty.

“I haven’t decided yet but we’ll see how he comes through today and we’ll try and time it right.”

In today’s race junior driver Kimberly Butt got Kilowatt Kid into the perfect position in the one one with Mach’s Back trucking along in front. Kilowatt Kid was hooked out just before turning in and he won by a length and a quarter.

The winning time for the 2200 metre mobile was 2-39.6 and equalled the track and Southland record held by Mongolian Hero set in April last season.

It was the second time Mach’s Back has set up a Southland record. He led for most of the journey in Franco Santino’s track and Southland record of 1-52.0 at the Wairio meeting in March.

Today’s win by Kilowatt Kid was Black's fiftieth as a trainer. His first was with Rome at Forbury Park in May 2010.


Winning connections in the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart 

Meanwhile Black’s other star four year old Lawrence is recovering from an injury after running a brave second to Please Shuddup at Gore two weeks ago.

“He was sound as a bell after running second at Gore. He was fine after the wash and a half an hour later when we were to go home he couldn’t walk. It turned out to be a slight stress fracture in his pastern. It’s only about three or four mls long. It’s a month to six weeks out before he starts work again. We’re just very grateful for what Southern Vets have done for us. I thought I’d lost him. I thought he’d come back better than any of them. He’ll be back for the Country Cups Final and all things going well I’ll take him with Get Lucky to the Easter meeting.

“He’s (Get Lucky) come up really well. He’s still a bit cranky. He’s going to the workouts this Friday and he seems really bright.”

 

Bruce Stewart

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