Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Kylan Brae is the greyhound well known at Tara Raceway as the one who refuses to congregate with the throng around the lure at the end of a race but trots back to the other side of the track where, somewhat begrudgingly, he allows himself to be caught by his trainer.
And at Friday’s meeting, he took full advantage of the lower-grade time-graded format when breaking a long run of outs to win the Gambier Vets Stake (512 metres).
Well drawn in box eight, Kylan Brae used plenty of the track throughout but finished too powerfully to defeat Spotted Gun and Cee Jay’s Heart in a personal best time of 30.21 seconds.
The black dog’s only other win had been back in August last year when he had come from a long way back to defeat the tearaway leader Cee Righty – himself a winner last Thursday night at Warrnambool when successful in a 1-4 wins final over 450 metres.
Owned at Mumbannar by Jen Wilson and trained by her husband Monty, Kylan Brae is by Kinloch Brae out of Sionara Milly who was placed on only three occasions for $420 prizemoney but traces back to top producer Gravel Rash.
According to Monty Wilson, while Kylan Brae is still tricky to catch at the end of his races, his overall temperament is nothing compared to how he was when he first arrived at the kennels some eight months prior to his first race start.
“We were flat out getting him out of his kennel,” he said. “But thanks to a lot of patience and perseverance on the part of Jen we were finally able to win him round.”