Kerr’s hot form to continue
By Jonny Turner
Winter has been a wonderland for trainer Mitchell Kerr and it is set to continue at Ashburton on Sunday.
The Rangiora horseman has three strong winning chances at Ashburton on Sunday that can help continue his sensational run form over the past two months.
Kerr heads to Ashburton fresh from producing the revitalised A Bettor Act to win the feature pace at Addington on Friday night.
The 3yr-old made light work of starting from the unruly and sitting parked for the last lap of his 1980m event.
A Bettor Act ran away from his rivals to score his third win in three starts for Kerr.
Sippinonjack will aim to give Kerr his second hat-trick in three days when he starts in race 6 at Ashburton.
He goes in to the Ashburton Winter Cup after back-to-back wins at Nelson and Marlborough.
Kerr trekked the horse north in the hope that the trip would help develop Sippinonjack.
And the scary thing for his opponents on Sunday is that it appears to have worked.
“With his trips away that was designed to help him grow up and it seems to have worked,” Kerr said.
“On his work since I would expect him to be pretty hard to beat.”
Like A Bettor Act, Sippinonjack starts from the unruly.
And like his stablemate, Kerr does not expect the rating 40-60 grade, in which he competes, to hold any fears for the 3yr-old.
“He keeps taking that next step up and I don’t think he is going to stop there.”
“I have got a lot of time for this horse.”
Kerr is hopeful punters will see the best of Changearound in race 2 on Sunday.
The pacer cost himself his winning hopes when over racing and fading in to fourth on debut at Rangiora last weekend.
“I was really happy with him going in to the race.”
“He just undid himself a little bit over 2600m.”
Kerr has made gear alterations that he hopes will make Changearound tough to beat on Sunday.
“Over a mile (1609m) this week, with a few wee gear changes, I am pretty sure the real Changesround might turn up this week.”
Kerr lines up Kusanova for her first start in race 3 at Ashburton.
She has run top three placing in all of her trials and workouts and produced a win in the latest of those.
“She has been going quite good at the workouts and trials,” Kerr said.
“She is definitely on the way up and whatever she does on Sunday she will improve on.”
“She is probably lacking a little bit of muscle mass and needs more time, but in saying that I expect her to go a good race.”
Kusanova clashes with another strong trial performer in Franco Garret.
The Steven McRae trained debutante produced an exceptional qualifying effort in late may.
Franco Garret went to the line untested in a subsequent trial at the Rangiora last week.