Day At The Track

Star in the making

08:00 AM 22 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Kiwi Legend - Out on his own at the end of yesterday's trial Kiwi Legend - Out on his own at the end of yesterday's trial
Kiwi Legend - Out on his own at the end of yesterday's trial
Kiwi Legend - Out on his own at the end of yesterday's trial

Every now and again when you are out and about at the harness racing trials around Canterbury you come across a horse with " potential star" written all over them.

So it was yesterday at the Rangiora workouts when Robbie Holmes produced a very smart three year old in Kiwi Legend who gave his opposition windburn as he went past them in his maiden heat.

Held in very high regard by Robbie, Kiwi Legend has all the hallmarks of a top class horse with breeding to match his ability.

He is a son of the champion sire Art Major from the very smart racemare Kiwi's Can Fly who recorded four wins and two placings from just seven starts in a career restricted by injury.

Kiwis Can Fly was a half sister to the champion racemare Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($491,821) who was also raced by Kiwi Legend's breeders

Put through the yearling sales at Christchurch, Kiwi Legend was brought home by his breeder Hamish Scott when he only made $25,000 and syndicated which has turned out to be a very astute decision.

Given time to fill out into his generous frame,  Kiwi Legend is now ready to let the rest of us see what Robbie has known for a while as he builds towards his career debut on Saturday week.

" He is a lovely horse to do anything with and he has such a great attitude"

"We have waited for him to fill out and mature but I think we will rewarded in the long term for our patience," Robbie told Harnesslink last night.

Yesterday was the first time that Robbie had asked Kiwi Legend to seriously stretch out in his workouts and trials to date.

" His race debut is fast approaching so he needed to do a bit more yesterday with a view to Saturday week."

"He has really high speed and can sustain that speed from a long way out," Robbie  said.

The immediate aim for Kiwi Legend is to qualify for the Southern Supremacy Final in April but Robbie has not given up hope of  a Derby start.

" We nominated him for the Derby and he will tell us over the next few weeks if we are being realistic or not."

" I am pretty confident that he will measure up," Robbie said.

This season's crop of three year olds has been notable for the number of talented horses racing and Kiwi Legend looks set to add to that depth in the next few weeks. 

Harnesslink Media

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