Ellis Park Excels on Debut

 

Mark Kavanagh believes he has an exciting prospect on his hands after his three-year-old gelding Ellis Park lived up to expectations on debut at Sandown yesterday.

Ellis Park stepped out in the Clanbrooke Racing Plate (1300m) after two very impressive trials. Against a handy field, he jumped well and settled just off the pace, and finished off strong to win by 1-1/4-lengths under the guidance of jockey Craig Williams.

Mark couldn’t be happier with the gallopers performance and believes there is still plenty of improvement to come.

“He’s the real deal. We’ll just wait and see how far he takes us, Mark said.

“He trialled up well, I said to Craig (Williams) there were a couple of maidens coming up, where do we go? We got together and chose this one.

“He’s very raw. He’s very green. But he did level them out and put them away today. There’s a tonne of improvement in him.”

Kavanagh Racing paid $170,000 for the son of Dissident at the Inglis Classic Yearling sale in February 2018.

"He was just a ripping type of horse, Mark added. He felt the horse was the "real deal" but gave him enough time to mature and be ready for his career.

“We had to take our time with him but once we knew he was fair dinkum we cuddled him up. I never rush my horses anyway, but we certainly cuddled him up and gave him every bit of time.”

Ellis Park is not nominated for next month’s Australian Guineas for three-year-olds in Melbourne, Mark believes that will come too soon. Instead he will look at a Brisbane winter campaign or races in Adelaide later in the season. 

 

Previous


Black Type Vixen

Black Type Vixen

Wild Vixen has returned home safe and sound after her recent trip to Adelaide where she opened her black type account in the Listed HC Nitschke Stakes over 1400m. 


Two runners, Two States

Two runners, Two States

Mark Kavanagh saddles up two runners in two states this weekend, Vegas Jewel at Morphetteville, and Big Brew at Caulfield. 


Levi's City Chances Targeting Black Type

Levi's City Chances Targeting Black Type

For the first time, young Flemington-based trainer Levi Kavanagh will saddle up three city runners in a week and believes all three are excellent chances, with bigger and better races the target this preparation.  


Excess Wins Inglis Funds

Excess Wins Inglis Funds

Exciting 3YO Excess Funds (Rubick) successfully completed a long-term plan for his trainer Levi Kavanagh when he won Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) at Caulfield. 


Happy Owners

Happy Owners

It was an exciting weekend of racing for two very happy groups of owners. Stakes-placed Excess Funds began his first campaign since being gelded with a confidence-boosting victory at Flemington on Sunday. Rebel Racer did everything wrong, but raw potential got him over the line for his maiden win at The Valley on Friday night.  


News - Archive