Go Kiwi to fly around Forbury Park
By Jonny Turner
Freefalling down in grade could have Go Kiwi ready to fly at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
Canterbury horsewoman Megan McIntyre will attempt to win her first race as a trainer when she starts the 5-year-old in race 7, a junior drivers’ event.
Go Kiwi signalled he had returned to work in brilliant order with a fast finishing fourth behind The Moonshadow at Ashburton, earlier this month.
The pacer unwound strongly after getting back in the field following a check at the start of what was his first race since October.
“He went really good at Ashburton,” McIntyre said.
“He will definitely improve from that run.”
Go Kiwi burst on to the harness racing scene this time last year when winning his first two starts and running second in his next outing.
Those performances came for trainers Jim and James Geddes, who officially trained the horse before he was transferred to McIntyre, who part owns the pacer.
Go Kiwi jumped sharply in grade after the brilliant start he made to his career and raced in good company, which included a clash with Turn It Up.
The 5-year-old will not face anything remotely of the class of the All Stars pacer in Thursday night’s 2200m event.
“Compared to what he has raced in the past, it is definitely not as strong and he should run in the money,” McIntyre said.
Go Kiwi has been limited to just eight starts, despite the pacer being a rising 6-year-old.
That has seen him spend the middle part of this season in the spelling paddock, due to what McIntyre called niggling issues.
That time out has not been a total loss, as the horse has returned a stronger specimen.
“He has had a couple of niggling issues throughout his career, which have set him back a bit.”
“He has definitely strengthened up from the break he has had.”
While Thursday night’s race clearly sets up well for Go Kiwi, there is one obvious factor against him.
Junior driver Ben Hope must plot a winning path for the Courage Under Fire pacer form the trick draw of barrier 8.
McIntyre said the horse was unlikely to be sent forward at the start and that Hope would probably work Go Kiwi in to the race in the middle stages.
“He will be drifting back he doesn’t have a lot of gate speed, he hasn’t actually been pushed out, anyway.”
“From barrier 8 he will drift back and I will let Ben Hope do the rest.”
Junior drivers have a key hand in race 8, the feature pace at the Forbury Park meeting.
Sarah O’Reilly’s junior concession allows The Maroon Marauder to seek a hat-trick of wins in the 2200m mobile.
The Brad Mowbray trained pacer clashes with Ivana Legacy and No More Change, who also gets in to the event with a concession driver.
The trio take on another two pacers seeking a hat-trick of wins in the race in Betterthanspraying and April Rose.
The Croupier, who was unlucky in his last start at Forbury Park, adds to an intriguing feature event.