Well-travelled gelding He Kin Fly continued his recent purple patch of form when he notched his fourth consecutive win in the Listed Daphne Bannan Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton yesterday.
Settled in a handy position by rider Lee Callaway, He Kin Fly travelled sweetly throughout as he cruised into contention approaching the home bend. Callaway drove his mount to the front at the 150-metre mark and withstood the challenges of Prosecco and Kiwi Ida to register his eighth career win.
Waikato part-owner Bruce Harvey watched the race with wife Maureen at home and was delighted with both the performance and the ride of Callaway.
“That was a top ride as he had him in just the right place and made his run at just the right moment,” said Harvey.
“He can be a hard horse to get to grips with and Lee has really formed a terrific association with him.”
Harvey admits he was the right man at the right time to pick up the horse when he completed his stint in Hong Kong.
“We actually were underbidders on him as a weanling when Mark and Sarah Devcich bought him,” he said.
“We kept an eye on him through his early starts and when he went up to Hong Kong. I don’t think he was suited by the harder tracks up there so when his connections retired him and were looking for a home we asked if we could take him and try him if he was sound and they agreed.
“We got him back, got him going and then sent him down to Neill. We thought the South Island tracks might suit him and that has proven correct as he has been going super ever since he went down there.”