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“When Kerry told me that he thought he might be pretty good I was excited, but not as excited as you get once the dream comes true.” The day Mary Jane bought Buchanan Girl, she was not even looking to buy a horse. She recalled, “I was sitting there having a coffee and this Lion Hunter mare came through the sale and was going to get knocked down to the knackery. “A Lion Hunter mare, there aren’t that many of them around, and they are great broodmares. I put up my hand and took her home, really to save her. “I decided to send her to All American, which was a horse that I had a good win on when he beat So You Think in the Emirates Stakes and I liked him as a Stallion. That is how we ended up with Dark Dream. She is going back to All American until we breed a filly, because I want to keep the family and I don’t have a filly yet.”

Kerry has been patience with Dark Dream, winning a Moruya Maiden on debut, before he progressed to a 1900m to finish his preparation. He had not finished further back than second in his first eight starts and had run into Savacool, California Turbo and Villermont at three of his defeats, all in photo finishes. Kerry knew he had a special stayer and targeted the Brisbane carnival. He said, “It was the way it worked because he didn’t have his first start until November, so it would have been a rush to get him to the Sydney carnival. “There is plenty of time with a horse like him and we haven’t seen the best of him yet. “He has stood out to me as a horse that would run a trip, so I trained him like that and let him develop and it has worked pretty well so far.”

Kellie Holding on board outside chance Hand It In at Newcastle

There’s no holding back


Apprentice jockey Kellie Holding overcame a serious shoulder injury to notch her first Rising Star Series victory in impressive fashion


Story by Julieane Horsman • Image by Bradley Photographers

ellie Holding had never even met Hand It In before she was legged aboard the gelding for the May heat of the Rising Star Series at Newcastle. It was also her first ride for local trainer Rodney Ollerton, but the plucky apprentice jockey managed to pilot the $31 chance to an upset victory. Hand It In was a touch slow out of the barriers, but Kellie was happy to settle him at the tail of the field. “I knew he had reasonable form even though the punters didn’t rate him, I had a look at a few of his starts and read he’d won over 1600m second-up before. He doesn’t possess a lot of gate speed and needs a lot of room, so I just worked on ensuring he had it,” she said. Kellie made her move at the 500m mark and was the widest as they turned for home. “As we straightened I knew he was probably only in third gear, he really wanted to win and just kept giving”, she said.

Kellie’s first Rising Star win was even sweeter for the hoop due to the hurdles she had to overcome to get there. After working in other areas of the racing and rodeo industries, she finally decided to chase her dream and began her jockey apprenticeship last year. She rode a winner for her master Les Tilley at Taree on September 18, 2017, but just two days later she had a fall at the Wyong jump outs which resulted in a dislocated shoulder, two snapped tendons and a torn rotator cuff. Kellie had to undergo surgery and was told she’d be out of the saddle for a year but in a testament to her determination, she was back at trackwork within four months and racing in five and a half months. “It was nice to be back and it’s always good to ride a winner,” she said. “Now I’m just focusing on getting stronger and better and trying to ride more winners.”

SPRING 2018 #31


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