Day At The Track

Well-bred filly impresses in Launceston

02:38 AM 20 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Kyleasha (Barrie Rattray) after winning in Launceston 19 Oct 2014.jpg
Kyleasha
Photo by Peter Staples

IF three-year-old filly Kyleasha can live up to the efforts of her half-brother Hexus then she should go on to win better races than the Kohnke Own Products Pace she contested in Launceston last night.

Hexus (Classic Garry-Magi Lune) won a heat of the 2006 Inter Dominion series in Tasmania when in the care of Max Hadley and he ended his racing career with stake earnings in excess of $500,000.

Kyleasha (Bettors Delight-Magi Lune) was having he first start this preparation and showed all of her half-brother’s fighting spirit to win.

The filly led from gate three and travelled comfortably with her trainer Barrie Rattray in the cart while the well backed Gottalovefridays (Michael Castles) worked around the field early to face the breeze.

In the home straight Gottalovefridays drew about a half-length clear of Kyleasha but Rattray’s filly refused to wilt and fought back to go on and score by a head from Gottalovefridays with outsider Rainbow Phoenix flashing home from well back to grab third.

Rattray was delighted with the first-up win as he admitted she was rushed into the assignment.

“This filly was underdone for this race but it came up and it was very suitable so we pushed forward and got the desired result,” Rattray said.

“I’ve always had a bit of time for this filly and I was very happy with how she did during her spell after her two-year-old campaign.”

Kyleasha had four starts last season for a debut second at Burnie before winning at Devonport prior to tackling the Big Park Stud Sweepstakes series in Hobart.

The filly finished second in her Sweepstakes heat behind Jokers Wild Card, beaten a head, before ending her campaign with a fifth to her stablemate Fawzia in the Sweepstakes final at the end of May.

“She was good last season but not quite forward enough to win a feature,” Rattray said. “She spelled well but she never came to hand as quickly as we would have liked.”

Rattray says the filly has a tendency to brush her knee and that might determine how far she progresses.

“That she hits her knee is a bit of a problem but we are working on ways of removing that glitch and if we can, then I believe she can go to the next level,” Rattray said.

Kyleasha, owned by log time stable client Barry Stewart, is likely to have her next start in Launceston in a fortnight.

  • PETER STAPLES

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