Kerr thrilled with win

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The winning post couldn’t have come soon enough, but Mitchell Kerr could not have been prouder of the effort of Forgotten Highway in Friday’s Marlborough Winter Cup Prelude at Blenheim.

First up since before Christmas, the big pacer led up a small, but handy field of pacers in the feature event of the day and did the necessary to hold off the late challenge of Donegal Carrickfin by the barest of margins.

“It was a good effort because there is no doubt he was a run short,” Kerr said.

“We’d got a bit of work into him but missed a couple of workouts, so you never quite know.

“That winning post seemed like it took forever to arrive.”

Given a dream run of it in front by Dexter Dunn, Forgotten Highway had overcome one of his biggest hurdles after the first 25 metres when he stepped the tapes like an old pro.

“That was really pleasing, it was always going to be the question for us, but he handled it really well.”

Friday’s win was the fifth of Forgotten Highway’s 14-start career and also took Kerr to within one of his first major milestone as a trainer with 49 wins now on the board.

He’ll get the chance to notch that up on Sunday when he again lines his stable star up in the Cup.

“He seems to have pulled up really well from the run, but we won’t make a decision until we see how he’s eaten up tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

“All signs are good though and he has the added bonus of not having to go back 10 metres on Sunday.”

The four-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight was one of three winning drives for Dunn on the day.

He also saluted on debutant Raison D’Etre for trainer Steve Dolan and then later on with trotter Red Hot Poker to reach 192 winners for the season.

With some delays in getting his visa to head to American it appears as though the ten-time premiership winning driver will again reach the 200-win mark for the season - the seventh time he has achieved it in his career.

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