Day At The Track

Who Killed Kenny wins at Newcastle

08:00 PM 14 Aug 2017 NZST
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Who Killed Kenny, with Danny Mackney in the spider, passes the winning post at Newcastle on Saturday night.
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Who Killed Kenny looked right at home in taking out the Newcastle City Holden Pace last at the Newcastle Paceway on Saturday night. Trained by Danny Mackney at Nemingha the Kenneth J – Fakin Romar gelding reigned supreme in the 1609m harness racing event and was unchallenged in his attempt to take the lead.

“He got an easy way to the lead,” said Mackney who also handled the driving of the six year old gelding.

“Once he got to the pegs he was going to hold the top.”

Who Killed Kenny was joined by race favourite I’m Major Harry (Will Rixon), who elected to pull back into the one by one and allow Our Midnight Mayhem (Jake Hughes) to race out in the breeze.

“He got a cheap second quarter so he felt good,” Mackney said with Who Killed Kenny going on to set a mile rate of 1.58.0 for the distance.

“They sort of got lost off the first turn,” he said of the race favourite (I’m Major Harry) 

“The 57 secs last half bought a couple of the back markers undone as well.”

Who Killed Kenny was taking some big strides to cover the race territory with sectionals of 28.6secs for the first quarter, 31.5 secs for the second, 29.1secs the third quarter and a 28.8secs final quarter.

Mackney elected to take a risk on the run out of the back straight on the final occasion to slip away from the field and trying not to overthink that he was leading the field home.

“It’s a long way down that Newcastle home straight but he felt good – it was just a matter of could be stay – the straight is longer than Tamworth,” he mused.

“He got a cheap second quarter so he felt good.”

“He set at PB with the mile rate.”

Who Killed Kenny had a 5.2m win over another local in Uralla pacer Yellow Taxi (Breanna Lindsay) which is trained by Mitch Faulkner at Uralla, with I’m Major Harry a metre away third.

Who Killed Kenny enjoyed his last win back in January this year as part of the Golden Guitar Carnival at Tamworth before heading for a spell.

“He had seven weeks in the paddock to let him think about life and he filled out a bit and grew in that time,” Mackney said.

He has given Who Killed Kenny his last four race starts on the Newcastle Paceway, only due to the fact of his own work commitments.

“He has been going good down there,” he said.

“He likes the even quarters – it’s consistent.”

“He is a tough little fella – he just keeps on giving.”

The win of Who Killed Kenny topped off a good week in the Mackney household with wife Kellie receiving the Young Business Executive Award at last week’s Tamworth Quality Business Awards night.

“It topped off a good week after Kellie winning her award,” Mackney said.

By Julie Maughan

Rep[rinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

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