Yalu Loves Kilmore

Dec 02, 2015

It was a welcome return to form for Yalu at Kilmore on Tuesday, the talented mare impressive finding the line in determined fashion at her second run back from a break.

Below her best over the winter, Yalu nevertheless kept working well at home and a return to the track where she broke her maiden in May did the trick.

Always travelling well along the rails off the speed, Yalu got clear from before the turn with Jake Bayliss noting that the going nearer to the fence was inferior from the 400m onwards.

Chasing the leader gamely in the run home, Yalu lunged on the line to record the second victory of her eight start career.

"Her form had been a bit indifferent but she had always been showing enough at home," Michael Kent said, adding that "she was a bit too fresh first up."

"Full credit to Jake," he continued, "he walked the track and got her off the fence at the right time."

Bayliss was happy to have his first win on a mare he rides at home.

"She had been working super and she trialled well at home when off the pace. The quieter the ride for her the better."

"She jumped well today and was very relaxed in the run - and she showed that good turn of foot we know she has."

Yalu is a very special horse for the Manley family, her breeder Connie passing away shortly before his maiden victory.

"It is great that she has been able to win again," Kent said.