GOODBYE Kevin said hullo to a Hygain Romantic Dream 2YO Plate (1000m) as the Newcastle gelding raced away with the feature juvenile scamper at Tamworth yesterday.
He also said hullo to a bright racing future with his authoritative win.
And he could also be introducing himself to the Queensland racing public with trainer Anthony Honess likely to head north and chase some QRIS bonus races in Queensland.
Yesterday, Goodbye Kevin, who had run fourth in a Muswellbrook trial but had had a number of jump outs at Newcastle, led with the Stephen Gleeson-trained Don’t Tease Me.
They cleared out from the rest of the field for winning jockey Terry Treichel to urge him to a comfortable length and a half win from his Scone rival with Jane Clement’s Chrysolaus a length away third.
“We beat him at Muswellbrook the other day,” Jim Gleeson, father of Stephen Gleeson, lamented after settling for second.
Don’t Tease Me had run third in the same Muswellbrook trial and produced a gallant effort after being used up from his wide barrier to cross the field and sit outside the leader.
Jim’s son, Stephen, was unable to be at the track as he was undergoing another round of chemotherapy in Newcastle’s Mater Hospital to chase testicular cancer out of his body once and for all.
“He’s been pretty crook,” Jim said.
“Hopefully it’s his last one.”
All the racing fraternity and sports people generally send their wishes to a brave young trainer who has been fighting his cancer battle for two and half years.
Honess would have been one of the first to wish Stephen Gleeson the best of luck although he had the distinction of consigning Don’t Tease Me to the runners-up stall.
Honess, who grew up in Tamworth watching his father, Ken Honess, prepare the likes of Cups winner Jem’s Toy and Framoli, was all smiles after Goodbye Kevin romped in.
“He’ll make a horse,” Honess said of the son of Immovable Option.
Goodbye Kevin is a fine looking individual and looked a lot more developed and forward than a lot of yesterday’s adversaries.
Indeed, when he arrived in Tamworth, Honess was unloading him and Tamworth trainer Paul St Vincent asked jokingly, “where’s your two-year-old?”.
A QRIS-qualified horse, Goodbye Kevin is owned by a syndicate including Anthony and Col Richards.
Honess, who won last year’s Moree Cup with Poor Judge when training at Coffs Harbour, has been at Broadmeadow for about six months.
“A lot better facilities,” he said.
“And I’ve got a heap of babies now too.”
Goodbye Kevin is likely to go north to Queensland and race in QRIS bonus races.