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Kearney Confident With Eerised

What's in a name? Plenty, especially if you ask young Hawkesbury trainer Mitch Kearney, who came up with a novel idea for “family horse” Eerised.

Kearney Confident With Eerised

What's in a name? Plenty, especially if you ask young Hawkesbury trainer Mitch Kearney, who came up with a novel idea for “family horse” Eerised.

Kearney named the three-year-old after his wife Desiree (spelt backwards), and is looking to him to clinch his second win at Hawkesbury on Tuesday in the Mektronics Australia Benchmark 60 Handicap (2000m) before he goes for a spell.

He has booked Jean Van Overmeire for Eerised; the mature apprentice’s 3kg claim offsetting his 61kg co-topweight.


Eerised Horseform has bounced back from a last start sixth in the Provincial Stayers Benchmark 84 Handicap (2100m) at Hawkesbury’s feature stand alone meeting on April 29, and drops sharply in class.

Stewards reported Eerised was hampered by another runner that day at the 300m, became unbalanced and shifted out.

“He has come through that race well, and I’m sure he will be hard to beat tomorrow as long as he can have a bit of luck from his draw (Eerised will start from 9 in a field of 10),” Kearney said last night.

“But this will be his last run this campaign. He is going for a spell afterwards and hopefully we can win some nice races with him next time in.”

Eerised’s splendid fourth to Queensland Derby contender Mongolian Wolf in the Group 3 Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 15 puts him strongly in contention – albeit his 58kg – in a weaker race tomorrow.

Van Overmeire is no stranger to success with the Kearney stable. He has had eight rides for him for three wins (including two from two on Final Trick).

There is an interesting background to the trainer’s naming of Eerised after his wife.

“We bred Eerised from our mare Fabulash, and Desiree rode his sire Widden Valley when he was broken in at Muskoka Farm,” Kearney explained.

“Widden Valley is a beautifully bred horse by Anabaa from 2001 AJC Oaks winner Rose Archway, and stands at stud in Victoria.”

Now 10 years of age, Widden Valley fetched $900,000 at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale at Newmarket, and raced only five times for Chris Waller before being retired.

He won twice (both at Wyong) in 2010 and at his last start, with Jim Cassidy aboard, finished third to Star Of Octagonal in that year’s Scone Guineas, then run over 1600m.

Kearney, who has now built his stable to 11, acquiring a new owner Peter Knight (who has recently given him two horses), also runs Red Centre Ruby (Tye Angland) in the Sieders Truck Repairs Provincial & Country Maiden Plate (1300m).

“Desiree and myself and her brother Will have leased Red Centre Ruby from former Alice Springs trainer Russell Bell (now based at Colac in Victoria),” he said.

“Russell stayed with us when his good sprinter Sirbible ran second in the Razor Sharp Quality at Randwick last December.”

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