Kayleb out to continue King Island's winning run

30 April 2021 | Duncan Dornauf

THE success of a number of horses at the end of the King Island season has been well seen on mainland Tasmania in recent weeks.

Pacing Cup winner Karalta Kruise recently won his second race since returning from his preparations while a number of thoroughbreds have been racing well in recent weeks including Rising Hsiang who has won at his two most recent starts.

Another who will be out to continue on the winning run is 18-year-old reinsman Kayleb Williams, who has two drives on Friday night’s six-race card in Hobart.

Kayleb’s best winning chance is aboard the Todd Rattray-trained Jocund who lines up in the fourth event, the Tasmanian Horse Transport Pace.

The five-year-old gelded son of Major Bronski has been placed in his last two outings, the most recent effort was behind Blame It On Me in the L.H.T Cup Prelude where he was defeated by just over 1.5 metres.

Jocund can do it tough in his races which we saw in Launceston two starts ago, and from barrier three on Friday the pacer should be able to settle close to the speed, in a race where a number of the main chances, including Black Ops and War Chest, have second-row draws to overcome.

Kayleb will also drive Gauci in race two where he is one of the outsiders of the field.

The King Island born concession driver, achieved a rare feat by winning at his first race drive aboard Mi Ju Dan who was trained by his grandfather Paul Williams (the King Island Paul is not to be mixed up with the Bagdad based trainer-driver who has the same name!).

Kayleb drove Live For Peace to victory in Launceston back in late March and recently arrived back on mainland Tasmania where he will be based on a more permanent basis as he has taken up an employment opportunity with Longford trainer-driver Todd Rattray.

Friday’s six-race card in Hobart will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and streamed on TasracingTV from 5:30 pm.


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