EMERGING bush star Kyogle Town’s march towards the January 1 Inverell Cup resumes tomorrow at Moree Race Club’s Dipper’s Home Timber and Hardware Tradies’ twilight race-day.
Kyogle Town, unbeaten in five starts for Moree trainer Peter Blanch, resumes in the 1200m BM-65 handicap before embarking on a campaign that could take in the 1400m Inverell Cup on New Year’s Day.
“We’re hoping to go to Inverell if everything goes accordingly – if they’re no interruptions and no injuries,” Blanch said.
“We’ll see how we go and take each run as it comes. If he’s progressing well and things are going all right, we’ll head to Inverell.”
Kyogle Town, named after Blanch’s birthplace, is the type of horse every trainer hopes for. Blanch bred the five-year-old from a hand-me-down mare - Midnight Laughter - that was plagued with bad luck and injury.
“You dream about having horses like this,” Blanch said.
“Every time we’ve done something with him, he’s stepped up. When I had his mother in work she showed a terrible amount of ability, but she was just plagued with injuries - she kept breaking down with tendon problems and back problems,” he said.
“We did win a maiden with her at Moree. She drew barrier 14 and travelled 14-deep the whole trip and still beat them.”
After just nine starts the decision was made to retire the mare.
“She was plagued with problems so the owners gave her to me - said I could have her - and I’ve had her ever since,” Blanch said.
“Kyogle Town is her second foal and she’s now in foal to the Darley horse, Time Thief.”
Kyogle Town, ridden in all its trackwork by former champion hoop Danny Frahm, debuted at Moree earlier this year with a soft win then resumed at Moree picnics in late May to score effortlessly.
“His run at Moree picnics was probably his most dominant,” Blanch said.
“He came from a long way back on a slow-7 and ran clean over the top of them. Ricky Blewitt stepped off the horse and said he’d never ridden anything like him.”
Kyogle Town then strolled home at Mallawa picnics before easily winning a 1400m class 1 at Mungindi - a win that stamped the gelding as well above average.
Kyogle Town stopped the clock at 1min 22.02 seconds - more than half-a-second faster than Mungindi Cup winner Looped.
“He carried two-and-a-half kilos more than Looped that day and his win over 1400m at Moree after that was top-rate,” Blanch said.
Kyogle Town stepped up strong TAB company at Moree in July, proving he was more than just a “picnicker”.
“He beat a reasonably good field and his last 600m was outstanding - the final sectional was quicker than Usain Prince over 1200m earlier in the day,” Blanch said.