Patience pays off for Newton
Boulder trainer Neville Newton is hoping his galloper Killorglin can make it successive wins in the AMCT Handicap today.
Newton purchased the galloper from country New South Wales at the end of 2014 with the intention to race the son of Bianconi throughout season 2015.
Newton’s plans were quickly changed after his new acquisition was found to be sore early into his preparation.
“We had him scanned and the vets found bone chips in one knee, immediately we knew he was going to be off the scene for quite some time” Newton said.
“He was sent to Ascot (veterinary clinic) for them to be removed, then he spent the next six months in Kellerberrin with horseman Peter Arthur for his recovery who did a great job with him”
Newton brought the galloper back to his stable in the latter part of last year’s season and gave him two runs prior to sending him back to the paddock.
“I wanted to make sure he was going to stand up, plus if I left him in the paddock it would have been almost twelve months in the paddock”
Killorglin resumed at the KBRC’s opening meeting and hit the line strongly on a leader biased day.
“His first up run was very good, he flew home which gave us confidence going forward”
Killorglin followed up with a victory on the 9th April when running on from well back to win by a clear margin.
“When you have setbacks like we have had with him, the win was really satisfying”
Killorglin will once again compete over 1200m where he has a record of three wins from five attempts.
Newton has secured the services of three kilogram claiming apprentice Mollie Clark who was aboard for the galloper’s recent victory.
Newton also has Comanche Red engaged in the Long Tan Handicap over 1300m.
The six year old has won five races at the KBRC with Newton confident of a forward showing today.
“He is racing well but he is copping weight every time we start him now with his rating”
“The claim is essential for him and that’s why we have put Sarah (Bonner) on”
Comanche Red will carry 58kg with the claim of Bonner, who rode the galloper two starts back when finishing third.
Newton believes a better draw improves the chances of his runner.
“He has drawn wide at his two starts this time in, he was shuffled back to the tail on the corner last start and gave them too much of a start”
“He’s drawn five this time so I want him to sit a bit closer to the speed”
“If he can produce a similar performance to his past couple he will be right in the finish”
The first race gets underway at 1:22 with free entry prior to noon.