Young Hawkesbury trainer Mitchell Kearney is on a roll.
His success at Bathurst yesterday with $15 chance Eerised was his fourth from his last nine starters – a terrific effort from a small stable.
Kearney’s winning run began at Taree on 18 December with Final Trick, who scored again at Cessnock on 29 January.
Lily’s Little Girl was the other successful member of the “quartet” on Kearney’s home track on 25 January.
Kearney has been training for only a few years and is clearly doing a wonderful job with his team.
His performances are justifiably earning him extra attention.
“I have picked up another two horses and now have eight in work,” he said.
Kearney underlined his training skills by producing the lightly-raced three-year-old to score first-up over 1400m in the Maiden Plate.
With replacement rider, apprentice Jean Van Overmeire aboard, Eerised finished strongly to overhaul Divine Action ($5.50) and Queen’s Pact ($3.20).
Eerised is a well-bred young horse with a future. He is by Widden Valley, a son of successful sire Anabaa and out of Rose Archway, who won the 2001 Group 1 AJC Oaks at Royal Randwick.
Kearney raced Eerised only once as a two-year-old then gave him two starts last spring before again giving him a break.
“He was inclined to race too keenly so we have been teaching him to settle,” Kearney explained.
“Jean rode him really well, giving him time to find his legs and then bringing him home at the right time.”
Hawkesbury’s star filly Spright made an excellent return to racing at Randwick yesterday.
A $7 chance, Spright ran home strongly to finish third to $2.25 favorite Global Glamour in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).
She is building an excellent record, having won three times and being placed on five occasions from only nine starts.