Day At The Track

Glen Craven may hold 'Keay' to Terang Cup

07:32 AM 07 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Keayang Hanover
Keayang Hanover - Son of Holmes Hanover
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Keayang Cullen may be heading into Saturday night's Terang Co-op Pacing Cup with a picket fence next to his name, yet he will be the underdog in many harness racing punters eyes.

Opening the $6 third favourite with TAB fixed odds, the second line draw has no doubt produced most concern for those who are keen on him.

His driver Glen Craven will have to negate barrier 10 however he is confident that he has the horse to do it.

“He has been more versatile this time in. His best asset is his gate speed which we won’t be able to use from the second line but two starts ago at the Terang meeting at Tabcorp he came from back in the field in a quick last half,” Craven said on RSN Winners earlier in the week.

“He should be up there against these ones; he has raced against them for a while now.”

Keayang Cullen is a winner of 16 from his 28 starts and his few defeats have come against a better class of opposition.

As Craven points out, he wasn’t far off Chancellor Cullen and Caribbean Blaster back in October, and prior to that he was competitive in the Breeders Crown series and Vicbred Super Series.

“He’s been going well (this time in); hopefully we can keep it going. It’s going to be a bit of a ‘see what happens at the start’ he can go forward or go back so we’ll just see,” he said.

“I think he’s won all of his starts on the track so he does like it at Terang.

“He’s been a horse that has come through his grades pretty quickly. He keeps getting better every time but in this class he has to keep improving to be competitive.”

The race also has special meaning for Craven who has been associated with the Terang club for his entire life.

In 2009 Craven was given a real hope of winning his hometown cup when he guided Keayang Hanover in the 2680-metre feature.

It wasn’t to be, with the gelding being held-up three back on the pegs and not enjoying the best of luck in the straight.

This time around Craven will be hoping he can find a clearer passage through and knock off all comers; among them, his brother Matthew who will drive polemarker Amajorjo.

“It’s my home Cup, my grandfather Harold is a life member there and my whole family has been involved for a long time at the club; other than a Group 1 it’s probably the only race I’d love to win,” Craven said.

Keayang Cullen is still nominated for the Inter Dominion and is a $201 chance in early betting.

To hear Glen Craven’s full interview with Nadia Horne on RSN’s Winners program then click here.

by Blake Redden

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