Hopes high for Kiwi progress
Connections of My Kiwi Mate have high hopes for their charge when he continues his return from injury at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Saturday night.
The seven-year-old is set to race in The Gammalite, a $20,000 2240M pace for those classified M2 to M4, and horseman Craig Demmler, who will take reins, is hoping he can build on his last start.
My Kiwi mate finished a close-up fourth to Love Ina Chevy at Melton on 24th August in his first run back and Demmler was pleased with that run.
"We found he had a chip in (the back fetlock) so had to have an operation," Demmler said. "He had a little bit of bone damage, so we have to give that a bit of time to settle down and we took our time bringing him up and getting lot of long, strong work into him.
"I was rapt (with his first-up run), especially at Melton where you have to come around wide and make up that ground; on the clock he went super and his work has been really good since. I think he should only get better."
Demmler has revealed My Kiwi Mate is on the Inter Dominion trail, so improvement is a must.
"It's going to get harder - he has got to step up a little bit now. I am pretty lucky to have a horse like him and we have just got to hope that he can take the next step," he said.
"He has always been a bit of a bridesmaid; probably one of the chinks in his armour is he can switch off when he hits the front so you have got to time your run a bit. But some of his runs when he has been out chasing have been absolutely sensational."
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