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Canberra And Tamworth Stables Like Their Highway Chances

Canberra-trained Kanerupt will be looking to extend his winning streak in the TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday.

Canberra And Tamworth Stables Like Their Highway Chances

Canberra-trained Kanerupt will be looking to extend his winning streak in the TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday.

Gratz Vella
Gratz Vella Picture:Racing and Sports

The three-year-old Krupt gelding is unbeaten this preparation and trainer Gratz Vella says his winning run may not be over just yet.

“He has matured into a different horse this season,” Vella said. “He has grown, his track work has been fantastic and we were impressed with his two recent wins.”


Kanerupt Horseform blew away his rivals first-up over 1000m at Wagga on October 28, finishing more than four lengths ahead of Informertial and Don’t Call Me Vince, and then again showed a sharp turn of foot to win in C1 company over 1100m at Gundagai’s Snake Guly Cup meeting on November 11.

Kanerupt missed the start at Gundgai but was able to claw back ground to be fifth at the 300m before he burst through to snatch victory from Bulala Horseform and Lunar Duchess Horseform.

“I knew he would have a good run but that result exceeded our expectations,” Vella said.

Kanerupt will go into Saturday’s Class 2 race over 1100m with three weeks between races.

“He is fresh, he is looking great, everything is spot on for him,” Vella said.

A win on Saturday would deliver Gratz Vella his first TAB Highway victory, adding to the success of Canberra-based trainers in the races restricted to country stables.

Canberra will be well represented on Saturday with the Barbara Joseph/Paul Jones-trained last start winner Under the Eaves Horseform and Illtextya, prepared by Luke Pepper, set to travel from the National Capital.

Accomplished Tamworth trainer Sue Grills is confident her promising filly Fickle Folly can erase the stable’s disappointments from previous TAB Highway attempts on Saturday.

Fickle Folly Horseform is coming off an all-the-way Scone 1100m win with 54kg and previously was considered an unlucky second at Muswellbrook. She rises to 57kg for dual G1-winning jockey Christian Reith in Saturday’s Class 2 Handicap.

The three-year-old is bred and raced by prolific central-western breeder and purchaser Paul Frampton and his wife Belinda. They were major news at the 2014 Magic Millions sales when they invested in the top-priced lot, a million dollar Redoubt’s Choice-Hades colt.

“I’ve had a long involvement with Paul and Bindi, they’ve won a lot of races in the region and have a really lovely filly here.

“Her Scone win was impressive and she was unlucky at Muswellbrook,” Grills said.

“I had a couple of Highway runners; they went terribly but were probably at the end of their preparations so hopefully this time we’ll come to town with the right horse.

“She’s strong enough to cope with the 57 kilos and is lightly-raced, so there’s plenty of upside.”

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