Day At The Track

Luck changes for Ken Two Stars

01:59 PM 30 May 2016 NZST
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Bad luck finally turned to good luck for underrated harness racing gelding Ken Two Stars at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston (Tasmania) on Sunday night.

Ken Two Stars powered home from well back in the field to score an impressive and unhindered win in a 3YO Pace over 2200 metres with leading driver Mark Yole in the sulky.

The gelding’s owner-trainer Wayne Campbell said luck had been against the gelded son of Courage Under Fire at recent outings.

“This is only his second win for the season but he has had a lot of bad luck,” Campbell said.

“He’s not a brilliant horse but he is honest and he’s got a good sprint.

“After he won three races as a two-year-old we thought he was going to develop into a real nice horse.

“We’re still having a lot of fun with him but he hasn’t quite progressed like we thought he would.”

While Ken Two Stars has definitely had some bad luck at recent outings he also has been bothered by a respiratory issue.

“You only notice it when he pulls up but we’ve got a non-choking collar on him now and that seems to have helped,” Campbell said.

Mark Yole ended the meeting with three winners to extend his lead in the race for the driver’s premiership while his older brother Ben Yole prepared four winners on the eight-event card to further strengthen his stranglehold on the trainer’s title.

Ben Yole took his season tally to 80 wins to be over 50 clear of his nearest rival Paul Ashwood while Mark Yole ended the meeting on 66 wins to be 11 clear of his archrival Ricky Duggan.

Peter Staples

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