Racing: Kid on track for Railway

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Trainer Alan McNamara Jr has answered an SOS to come home for his gravely ill father Allen McNamara and take over the running of his Mt Barker stable.

Picture by Laurie Benson: Alan McNamara Jr with gelding Kid Choisir

McNamara Jr was working in the North West with veteran Great Southern trainer Dixie Solly but returned home in time for McNamara’s Kid Choisir to score an impressive win in the Belmont Newmarket (1200m) last Saturday.

The five-year-old will now go for a spell at the Mungrup Stud in readiness for one of the State’s biggest races — the million-dollar Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 19.

McNamara, 70, went to hospital yesterday to have to an aneurysm in his stomach assessed, but was confident in handing over the reins to his son.

McNamara Jr said Kid Choisir could easily have run in next Saturday’s Goodwood Sprint but the decision was made to set him for the $1 million dollar race.

“We will spell him out for four weeks and he will have two runs going into the Railway Stakes,” he said.

“He could have run next week but he would have carried a lot of weight and you don’t win those big races with heavy weights.

“Paul Harvey got off last week and said he is a 1400m to1600m horse now and you go by what the jockey tells you.”

The gelding’s three-quarter-length win was not before time, breaking a 461-day drought after blazing home from midfield.

“As a two year-old he could go to the front and they wouldn’t catch him but he has lost that bit of speed,” McNamara Jr said.

“He needs to find his feet, come from back in the field and power home.”

The 40-year-old said he would start preparing for the new local season, one that shows a lot of promise.

“I am not going anywhere, I will get ready for the season down here and we have already got six in work,” he said.

“Hopefully we can have a good season and if a couple measure up we will take them to Perth.

“In the eight years we have been down here things are getting better and better.

“We are getting some old 8owners back and getting some half-decent horses back.”

McNamara revealed that Kid Choisir might not have added to his 19 starts after chewing a lead rope.

“The vets were quite surprised that he passed the lead rope, he could have very easily died from it,” he said.

After last week’s success Kid Choisir has now recorded seven wins and five seconds from 19 starts, winning just under $400,000 in prize money.

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