Bill and Ben a likely combination to follow at Omakau
A driver with hot hands over the holiday period has been Woodend junior Ben Hope. To add further weight to this, when he puts on the Robert Dunn colours he is running at better than a win every two drives. Tomorrow at Omakau, Ben combines with Kensington Bill, himself an impressive winner in his sole start as a pacer, last week at Ashburton. The pair will be at cramped odds in the race for the junior drivers.
An Art Major four year old, Kensington Bill has had an interesting start to his race career. Broken in by Mark Smolenski it was found that the horse wanted to trot and as a result he ended up for his first four starts with Sam Smolenski. However, as a result of cross-firing, it was thought wise to send him to the beach with John to take advantage of the straight-line running.
About six weeks ago, John decided to try the hopples, revealing that the horse looked to have a future as a pacer after all. A workout run in early December, was followed by a winning run in his qualifying trial a week later. Two weeks later, he was a most impressive winner when well supported in his debut at Ashburton.
Owned by Patterson Bros Racing, Mike Ward and Marc Wojtas, tomorrow Kensington Bill lands into what looks a very winnable race, bad draw and all. In the early markets he is listed as a short-priced $1.70 favourite.
The very best of luck to the connections and hopefully Ben you can keep up this very impressive strike rate.
Posted: Wed 01 Jan 2020