Stable scores at Echuca

August 03, 2017

Kevin's Time wins the eighth at Echuca yesterday.

Pack pack rounds the final bend during the Echuca Newsagency BM70 Handicap. Photo by Luke Hemer.

There’s one racing stable that might be happy if every Seymour race meeting was to be transferred to Echuca.

Because on Thursday you couldn’t wipe the smile off the faces of the Darren Weir Racing team at Echuca racecourse after a treble, including in the $30000 Echuca Newsagency Hcp over 1600m.

The meeting had been transferred to Echuca because of ongoing renovation of Seymour’s track.

Jockey Brad Rawiller had a pretty good feel about it as well — he rode favourite Kevin’s Time to a win in the feature race (one of two winners of his own for the day).

And he was full of praise for the four-year-old gelding after he had battled the length of the straight to catch bolter Blue Viper.

Drawn from the inside, Kevin’s Time jumped well and looked to be perfectly positioned in the run down the back straight.

But as the horses approached the back turn he got shuffled down the order.

‘‘They were going pretty quickly and in the end I had to let him settle back as I thought if I tried to keep out the horses coming around me we might burn up too much energy,’’ Rawiller said.

‘‘So I was happy to hold, and he was still feeling good under me and I felt we were still sitting pretty.

‘‘Around the 600m mark the field was still going strong but a few gaps were opening so I thought it might be time to try and get him out into the clear.’’

Rawiller said it was a ‘‘little sticky’’ getting out but once he was clear he was confident the horse would get the job done.

‘‘When we straightened up and got going I always thought I had Blue Viper covered,’’ he said.

‘‘But credit to him, the horse just wouldn’t give up and it’s only that my ride is such a good horse that we got there, right on the line.

‘‘He’s a good horse, and had two good runs at Sandown and Bendigo before putting in a disappointing run at his last start.

‘‘Today, though, would have been a good confidence win for him.’’

Darren Weir Racing spokesman Darryn Murphy, who was running the horses at Echuca, agreed the stable had a big day out.

Murphy said it was Rawiller’s fourth ride on the horse — for two wins, a second and a third.

‘‘When Kevin’s Time is running at Brad’s weight we are very happy to get him aboard,’’ Murphy said.

‘‘The boss has him in peak condition and he still has a few runs in him this time around.

‘‘The 1600m is about his distance, he might go 2000 but he is strongest around the mile.

‘‘He was also helped by the good, flatter track here so now we will be looking around to pick another good run for him.’’

Murphy said Kevin’s Time was named after the late jockey Kevin Mitchell.

One of Australia’s great riders, famed for landing massive betting plunges, Mitchell started riding in the 1950s and had clocked up almost 40 years in the saddle when he retired in 1989 aged 60.

He died in 2014 at the age of 84.

The first win in the Weir treble today saw Rawiller bring home favourite Navy Blue in the $23000 Quest Echuca Maiden Plate — also over 1600m.

Then Damian Lane took out the $23000 Echuca Cih Maiden Plate with the well-supported Chez Dumonet half a length ahead of favourite Kothu Rotti (Lane also won the lucky last on the card, the Border Inn Hcp over 1400m on the well-backed Credible Witness).

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