Limekilns Breaks Maiden
May 22, 2018
On the back of highly promising form - two game placings at his first two starts - three-year-old Limekilns was sent out a hot odds-on favourite at Bendigo on Sunday and was always travelling like the winner.
Getting a nice position fourth one off the fence behind leaders, Limekilns peeled out three wide into straight, soon hitting the lead only to be challenged by Peppino - showing plenty of fight over the final stages.
"It is a big relief to get this out of the way," Michael Kent Jnr said, adding that "he is a nice stayer in the making so the extra distance was always going to suit... and in time he can get over even further."
Successful over a mile having had his first two starts over 1400m, Limekilns is a horse, says Kent, who makes his own luck... "he jumps well and travels nicely."
"It was a lovely ride today, Jye (McNeil) got him into a beautiful spot."
There are metropolitan aims for Limekilns, Kent Jnr noting that "there are plenty of nice options at this time of year for horses like him."
Having his first ride on the bay, McNeil said that he was confident throughout the race - "there was good speed on so we were able to get into a nice position. He travelled really kindly and cruised up to them easily at the turn."
"I actually thought he was going to put them away really quickly but he got a bit lost and didn't really know how to go on with it... but when the other horse challenged him he really toughed it out and found the line well."
"Onwards and upwards for him."
By champion sire Fastnet Rock's New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Rock 'N' Pop (pictured), Limekilns is the first winner for the lightly raced Pins mare Love Sophia, half-sister to the stakes placed Placement from the family of stakes winners Starcent, King Of Prussia, Sportsman, Prisoner Of Love, Hoystar, Plaudits, Strike The Stars, Marseille Roulette and Delta Girl.