Quick Ketch keeps rising through the ranks
SUMMER surprise packet Quick Ketch could be headed to better races after repeating the heroics of his first up win with an even more dominant display at Doomben on Saturday.
Just as he did a fortnight earlier, Quick Ketch settled well off the speed for Brad Stewart, but powered over the top of his rivals in the straight, taking his record to four wins in just five starts.
Trainer Stephen Kirkwood, who has only just returned from an extended hiatus from training, said he had not mapped out any specific plans, but may now have to revise that.
“We probably have to look at a few (carnival) options now and maybe even consider a road trip (interstate),” Kirkwood said.
The trainer handed in his license in 2009 and Quick Ketch was his first runner back as an official trainer, but he missed the win because he went to Goondiwindi with another horse on the same day.
“It was a bit nerve-racking to be here a fortnight later hoping he could do it again,” he said. “But to win from that far back, he’s proven again he can mix it with them.”
Brad Stewart said he didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself, but rates the horse above average.
“If you go back and look at his first couple of wins, he’s always had that sort of ability,” Stewart said. “Even the day he got beaten, he went really well. He’s beating them pretty well and that’s all you can ask of him. I’m not sure how far he will go, but with natural improvement you would like to think there’s a few more races for him.”
Heavily backed winner Kraftwerk will continue his career on the “reverse carnival” shuttle after breaking through for his first Queensland win on Saturday.
Trainer Tony Gollan said he “loved the horse from the moment he walked in the stable” and Saturday’s narrow win vindicated his belief Kraftwerk would make a nice off-season horse in Brisbane.
“There was a bit of a shake-up in the ownership, with a few of his original owners reducing their shares and we were able to sell the rest of him very quickly when he came up here,” Gollan said.
“The plan is for him race here over the summer and then he will be sent back to Melbourne in the winter, basically to dodge the carnivals and find suitable races for him.”
Jopa was fleetingly compared with glamour stablemate Buffering in being “the Benjamin Button” of racing in that he is racing with youthful zest at the ripe old age of eight after his 11th career win.
That was the assessment of trainer Rob Heathcote, who credited the mudlark as a “real trier” who loves a stoush at the end of his races.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Queensland Sunday Mail