Day At The Track

Australian Ryan Hayter to join Southland barn

09:22 PM 06 Jan 2011 NZDT
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Tom Kilkelly and Shard Ark.
Tom Kilkelly and Shard Ark.
Harness Racing New Zealand photo

Former West Australian harness racing horseman Ryan Hayter will join the stable of Tom Kilkelly as a replacement for former training partner Tracee Sherbourne. Kilkelly has been on the lookout for a suitable replacement since the partnership disbanded several weeks ago.

"I advertised and got several interested parties but Ryan seems to fit the requirements best," Tom Kilkelly said. Hayter is no stranger to the deep South, the current junior driver having previously worked for Kirk Larsen before making the shift North to join the stable of Gareth Dixon.

Currently employed by Dixon, Hayter will join Kilkelly at the end of January. "Ryan is really positive about the position and has plenty of experience, we'll be looking to build the team up to around thirty by the time he gets here."

The acting President of the Invercargill Harness Racing Club also runs a successful car company known as Regent Car Court, but it's harness racing which predominantly takes up most of Tom Kilkelly's time. "The car company is my main source of income but Im lucky to have very good staff to look after that side of the business."

Stable star Guns N Roses will next race at the Northern Southland twilight meeting next Thursday following an outstanding last start performance at Winton in late December.

The son of DM Dillinger and half brother to the big earning Beaudiene Bad Babe, looks to be in the form of his life heading into next week after some changes were made to his training program.

"He went terrible at Forbury, he didn't want to be there and I was really at my wits end." A good association with Canterbury trainer Graham Court led Tom Kilkelly to lean on his old mate for some advise.

"I rang Graham to run a few things by him and he advised us to back off him. He's a very athletic horse and keeps himself naturally fit, so we dropped him down to one hopple run a week and he just does some cantering and a bit of work in the cart in between times."

Driven off the speed by Andrew Armour, Guns N Roses made a stunning return to form producing a whirlwind finish to win in a smart 2.57.6 (2400m mobile). Still a four year old Guns N Roses has now won eight races from 18 starts.

"We'll start in the four to five win race with him, he's still handicapped as a four win horse so we'll take advantage of that but I would like to chase some bigger money at some stage with him, perhaps in Auckland."

Tom Kilkelly and Tracee Sherbourne joined forces as training partners at the beginning of last season. Together the pair trained 18 winners in season 2009/10, adding a further four winners this term before going their separate ways.


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