Day At The Track

Kyal has a golden night

12:31 PM 03 Aug 2020 NZST
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Radical Major,Harness racing
Radical Major
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A night at Melton doesn't get much better for young up-and-coming drivers than the one Kyal Costello experienced on Friday.

The 19-year-old ticked off three significant career milestones from his book of six drives at Victorian harness racing headquarters.

Costello scored victory with Mario Azzopardi's Radical Major in the Woodlands Stud Pace (1720m) and then captured his first-ever double at a single meeting when taking out the Breckon Farms Maiden Pace (1720m) with odds-on favourite Charisma King for trainer Peter Peacock. Costello then picked up his maiden metropolitan winner aboard Delightful Jazz for his new master Freddy Taiba in the $20,000 TAB Long May We Play Pace (2240m). That success also completed a breakthrough treble in the gig.

Costello, who now lives and works at Taiba's Sunbury property, went awfully close to making it four with stablemate Zoliver, who just fell short in the Nevele R Stud Pace (1720m).

"It was really good," Costello said of Friday night's results. "It was a shame I couldn't get the last over the line for the fourth, but what can you do?"

Costello, whose father Brad is a hobby trainer, has been working for Taiba for the past fortnight and says he is keen to try and make a career in the sport.

"If I can keep progressing the way that I've been going, I think I might be able to make a living out of it. That's the goal," he said.

Costello's big night at the office didn't land him outright driving honours, however. He was forced to share that honour with John Justice, who scored victories with his horses Pippo Nien, Justice Served and Hatchback.

Much was made about the return of Hatchback to the races and he didn't disappoint. After stepping cleanly from the standing start, the four-year-old Group 1 placegetter made a one act affair of the Alderbaran Park Trotters Handicap (2240m) with a dominant front-running success.

His 14-metre triumph was the sixth of his career.

The win of Justice Served, who narrowly held off Zoliver, was also a special one for the stable.

"I reckon he did that run tonight for his little brother... he's in Werribee Hospital fighting for his life," Justice said on Friday.

"It was ironic Justice Served went so good tonight for his brother."

Justice's treble also secured him training honours on the eight-event card.

Racing will return to Melton next Friday night.

 

HRV - Tim O'Connor

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