A HOME TRACK win this Sunday would be just the right tonic for injured Wyong trainer Allan Kehoe.
The popular 33-year-old suffered a badly broken right ankle and a severe cut to his right thigh in a track work fall on January 31. Doctors have told Allan it will be up to two months before he can resume riding although the tenacious trainer has already ventured to his stables on course, where he has 29 horses in work.
“I went down this morning but the staff sent me back home. I was probably pushing it a bit,” Allan said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been laid up. I’ve had a few falls over the years but no breaks so I’m finding this very frustrating. “I hate feeling useless but at the moment there is not much I can do.”
Allan’s partner Kimberley Clark, brother Jeff Kehoe and a mate Paul Kane from Dubbo, along with his staff have really stepped up to keep the stables running in his absence.
“Everyone has been really good so nothing’s really changed with the horses. It’s good to see people rallying around at times like this.”
Allan would like nothing more than to see his Sebring gelding Three Hats greet the judge in the 1000m GO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH CLASS 2 HANDICAP.
“He’s got good form at Wyong with a win, second and third from three starts on the track. “His last start at Wyong on January 22 he was coming off a quick back up at Tamworth two days earlier. “He still raced well, finished third and was only beaten a length and a half.
“I’ve got Tye Angland back on board and he knows the horse pretty well. “He’s ridden him for both his wins and finished second on him at Wyong in December.” Allan said he wasn’t concerned with drawing the nine barrier in a field of 10.
“We tend to let him fall out so I’m not overly concerned with the wide draw. I think 1000m is the ideal distance and I’m expecting him to run well. “It would be great to get a win to pick him up a bit.”
He said Three Hats, raced predominately by a local syndicate, would likely be spelled after Sunday.
The Waterhouse/Bott trained Miss Elly May and Clarry Connors last start Wyong winner Sapience look among the hardest to beat.
Local trainer Ken Tynan has drawn nicely in barrier one with Music Magic, a Scone winner over 900m two starts back, while Damien Lane’s new stable acquisition I’ve Got It resumes from a spell in barrier four.
The club host a strong eight race program for their Almost Valentines Day meeting which gets underway at 1.20pm.
RACE 1 – 1.20PM: WWW.TAB.COM.AU 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350 METRES): 1 CELEBRIS, 2 Dot Painting, 3 Dashing Special, 4 Fencourt.
RACE 2 – 1.57PM: NSW PARLIAMENT FORMER MEMBERS CUP – CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350 METRES): 1 DOUBLE DUX, 2 Caesar’s Ghost, 3 Bao Zheng, 4 Mosrai.
RACE 3 – 2.35PM: KPP VALUERS MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 METRES): 1 AMERICA, 2 Canberra, Chilcotin, 4 She’s Demanding.
RACE 4 – 3.12PM: STAY & PLAY AT KOOINDAH WATERS GOLF CLUB 4 OR MORE MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100 METRES): 1 MOLLYFIED, 2 Fiery Eminence, 3 Missile Strike, 4 Zar Gold.
RACE 5 – 3.50PM: CARLTON CHAMPIONS MARQUEE FEB 23 $20 ENTRY 3 OR LESS STARTS MDN PLATE (1100 METRES): 1 SMOOTH TYCOON, 2 Snowblind, 3 Japhite, 4 Reacher.
RACE 6 – 4.25PM: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1350 METRES): 1 AUSTRALIANA, 2 Hinch, 3 Kanguru, 4 Magic Dallas.
RACE 7 – 5.05PM: PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT WYONG ON FEB 23 BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1600 METRES): 1 SEASONAL, 2 Classic Records, 3 Lookin’ At You, 4 Shine Tak Star.
RACE 8 – 5.40PM: GO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1000 METRES): 1 SASKIA ROSE, 2 Three Hats, 3 Miss Elly May, 4 Neretva.