(By John Jenkins)
It is certainly unusual for a jumper from the Kevin Myers stable to win at odds of 46 to one but that is what So Keep Em did in the maiden hurdle race at Trentham today.
The Keeper eight-year-old was one of the rank outsiders in the 13-horse field but won like a $2.00 shot, crossing the line 17 lengths clear of second placed Summer Warrior, who was a further 3-1/4 lengths in front of Tittletattle in third.
So Keep Em was having his seventh hurdle start, with his best previous placing being a fourth over 2500m at Trentham three starts back. He had been pulled up in his most recent outing, over hurdles at Hastings on June 29, where he struggled to keep up on the reasonably firm track conditions.
Jockey Toni Moki got the horse to settle well, midfield, in the early running in today’s 2500m event and then improved quickly to challenge for the lead at the second to last jump. They took over in front soon after and So Keep Em, relishing the extremely heavy track conditions, raced right away from the opposition in the run to the line.
“He loved that ground that horse,” a happy Moki said after.
“He settled really good today which was good. He has been a bit of a problem but did everything right today.”
Moki, 35, was recording her fifth race win with three of them being in jumping races.
So Keep Em, who had won one flat race before today, is owned by the company Hudson Rees Limited and is by Keeper out of the unraced Zabeel mare Laezeel.