Run Liam Run sprints back into winners circle

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Run Liam Run, ridden by Lisa Staples, in the centre gets up to win at Mt Barker.
Camera IconRun Liam Run, ridden by Lisa Staples, in the centre gets up to win at Mt Barker. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Talented sprinter Run Liam Run has won his first race since the breakthrough 2016 Fitzpatrick Plate success, prevailing in a thrilling photo finish at Mt Barker Turf Club on Saturday.

Run Liam Run was being aimed at dual Great Southern features the Mungrup Stud Sprint and Fitzpatrick Plate when struck down by a leg injury in December, which required surgery.

After a lengthy recovery the eight-year-old gelding returned from a long race absence in Albany on March 31, running eighth to Blizzard Express.

Trainer Lyn Kiddle and jockey Lisa Staples after Run Liam Run won the Southern Haulage Industries Handicap (1300m).
Camera IconTrainer Lyn Kiddle and jockey Lisa Staples after Run Liam Run won the Southern Haulage Industries Handicap (1300m). Credit: Albany Advertiser

Ridden by Lisa Staples in the Southern Haulage Industries Handicap (1300m) on Saturday, Run Liam Run settled fourth in the small field of seven and was urged to the line under hard riding to win a three-way photo over Sir Snugalot and Sixpence Spent.

Kiddle was thrilled to have her stable star back in the winners circle, an eighth career win in 28 starts.

“It’s really pleasing, it’s been a long road back,” Kiddle said.

“It was such an insignificant cut but there was a hole in the tendon that needed an operation and full credit to doctor Wendy Rogers for picking it up.”

Jockey Peter Hall rode a treble on the seven-race card, including saluting on promising type Athlone Castle in race 1 for Albany trainer Maurice Sheridan.

Peter Hall on the inside gets the David Hopperton-trained Raging Rocket up to win the L.T.Toovey and Sons Maiden (1300m).
Camera IconPeter Hall on the inside gets the David Hopperton-trained Raging Rocket up to win the L.T.Toovey and Sons Maiden (1300m). Credit: Albany Advertiser

Fellow hoop Colin Haddon finished with a winning double at the meet after booting home Mt Barker Cup winner Gauged and earlier was successful with Lady Stingray.

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