Kavieng's persistence rewarded at Albury
Jun 22, 2013
Improving three-year-old Kavieng’s perseverance was enough to get him home for a brave win in the John Swinton Maiden Handicap (1600m) at Albury.
Kavieng worked up to the win with a fourth over 1406 metres at Benalla on May before the gelding enjoyed the step to a mile when a solid fifth at Swan Hill on June 9.
Trainer Phillip Sweeney found an ideal assignment for Kavieng at Albury, engaging top Riverina hoop Nick Souquet to ride the son of Hillman in the $8000 contest.
Souquet guided Kavieng into fourth position after a fair beginning where the grey travelled comfortably until he joined the leader at the 400 metres.
Kavieng was a touch wayward on the heavy ground when Souquet asked him for an effort with 300 metres remaining but he managed to steadily get the advantage over the plucky Via Torrone to score by a half-head.
Kavieng broke his maiden at his sixth attempt but had turned in excellent performances at Leeton and Benalla in his earlier campaigns to indicate his ability.
Kavieng earned a $4400 winner’s cheque for his connections for his Albury success, taking his earnings to $6900 in his short career.
Congratulations to Kavieng’s owners - John Bourke, Stewart Crameri, Peter & Sue Cusack, Warwick & Stacey Doolan, Anna Doughan, Dan Duggan, Phoebe Duggan, Lucy Duggan, Anne Duggan, Julie Dunbabin, David & Jan Gorman, John & Susan Graham, Peter Hayes, Michael & Tracey Howes, Richard Martin, Andrew Rutherford, Terry & Shirley Stevens and Paul Sweeney – on their honest performer’s success.