Kingston keen for season

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Bill Kingston with the Coleen Kingston-trained Imali.
Camera IconBill Kingston with the Coleen Kingston-trained Imali. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany trainer Coleen Kingston is gearing up for another busy season of pacing at the Albany Harness Racing Club with their 2015-16 calendar kicking off this Sunday.

Kingston has five runners entered in the opening meet of the season, including consistent earners Justlikelindt and Imali in Sunday's mobile start feature race, the $10,000 Peter Watson Pace (2258m).

Justlikelindt is likely to earn a start in the field of 10 horses while stablemate Imali will contest the standing start discretionary handicap over 2243m if the race gets enough final acceptances to remain on the program.

Leading metropolitan trainers Greg and Skye Bond have quality runners Bounty Eyre and Change Stride engaged while Kimba Bay, Go Sailing On and Forever Remembered will also be strong contenders in the Peter Watson Pace.

After a tumultuous off-season where the AHRC was de-registered by Racing and Wagering WA, Kingston said it was a relief to finally get the season under way.

"After everything (the club) has gone through, thankfully the season is going ahead," she said.

"I am very grateful for the new committee and very proud of everyone who has helped out."

Kingston believes her pacers might need a couple of runs to bring them to their top at this early stage of the season.

"They are not quite race fit and will need a couple of runs to get into peak shape," she said.

"Imali and Justlikelindt were both very good for us last season, hopefully they can do that again." Impressive six-year-old Living Diva is another of Kingston's other hopes and is coming off an impressive last campaign, where she won three races and was placed on seven other occasions.

Kingston also has Arch Diva and Vale Of Kashmir nominated for Sunday's likely seven-race card.

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