Milestone Victory A Family Affair

Feb 16, 2015

"It has been five months of hard work with many mistakes along the way - but he made it all worthwhile!" said a delighted Michael Kent Jnr after the easy victory recorded by Big Baba Looey at Yarra Valley on Saturday.

Describing the five-year-old's 1 3/4 length win as "the biggest thrill I've had in racing so far," Michael was supported on course by friends and family - his Uncle Rod breeding the son of Keltrice and his Aunty Jacqui strapping him with several other relatives in the ownership.

"This horse is a real family affair," Michael noted, adding that "and of course Dad has supported me the entire time."

Gaining his trainer's licence whilst riding at the picnics, Michael was represented by his first winner at Balnarring in mid-January - the six-year-old Aurelli backing up a couple of weeks later to again salute at that same track.

So from just a handful of runners Michael has cheered home three wins with this latest one - his first at professional level - the most special.

"We were able to win against the odds. I hadn't been able to win at the picnics with him this season but on Saturday all the stars aligned for us with the heavy track, the 12 1/2 kg weight drop and a smart ride from Ben (Thompson)."

"He came into work last August so to think that every day since then has finally culminated in a professional victory is very rewarding for all of us involved in the horse."

Thanks to Gary Simpson for the winning photo.