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Ararat trainer Brad Hunt enjoys double dose of success

Ararat trainer Brad Hunt enjoyed a double dose of success when five-year-old mare Kimama captured a C1 pace at Bray Raceway on Friday night and stablemate Lagom saluted at Terang on Sunday evening.
Kimama had the run of the race throughout the 2200-metre contest when driver Emma Hamblin was able to keep on the back of leader Soho Madeline, Michael Stanley, after following the red-hot favourite out of the gate at the start.
However, that was ‘take two’ after the aptly named daughter of Badlands Hanover USA refused to score up at the first attempt and forcing the start to be aborted.
“Yes she’s got plenty of ability but as we saw she’s got a mind of her own and a few tricks up her sleeve,” Hunt said after the win. While the starter and other runners were preparing for action, Kimama had her feet firmly planted and was standing up against the outside fence, simply refusing to budge despite the urgings of Hamblin.
“She just wasn’t interested and that was that,” Hunt said.
Eventually, after continued efforts from attendants, clerk of the course and driver, Kimama decided she was ready to race and did everything right, dashing home in 27.5 seconds to score a comfortable seven-metre victory in a rate of 1:58.5.
Stewards were anything but impressed however and placed the Kiwi-bred pacer out of the barrier draw until she decides to mend her ways.
Kimama is raced by Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann and was purchased from New Zealand as an unraced three-year-old on the strength of a workout at Winton.
She debuted at Hamilton some months later for trainer Peter Manning and pleased with a close second behind the very smart filly Startburst Girl.
That preparation yielded two more minor placings before heading to the paddock for a well-deserved spell. Nine months later, Kimama resumed with a first-up win for Hunt at Ararat, followed by another at Bendigo.
“She raced well for a while and then her form tapered off,” Hunt said. “So we had her leg scanned and the vet recommended a decent spell.”
Kimama’s next appearance on the racetrack came nearly nine months later at Bendigo and a death-seating second place indicated another victory wasn’t far away – which was proven two weeks later at Ballarat.
The mare is a full sister to former grand circuit star Washakie, 53 wins and 33 minors for stakes of $1,838,473, and while she will never rise to those heights, Hoffmann and Hunt should have plenty of good times ahead.
Just reward
Lagom is a recent addition to Hunt’s team. The four-year-old mare was formerly trained at Terang by Matty Craven for his mother Helen and is soon to be raced by a Western District syndicate of footy and cricket team-mates, organised by Jason Lee.
Lagom had scored in restricted company at Mt Gambier in February for the Craven family before heading to the paddock.
She resumed on her home track in September with a solid second placing then saluted at Hamilton before ‘putting in a shocker’ at Charlton.
After relocating to Hunt’s stable Lagom put up a reasonable effort at Terang a month later then headed across the border to race at Globe Derby.
“She didn’t handle the track over there,” Hunt said. “She broke in the last lap but her driver that night, Glen Craven said after the race that she would have been right in it if she was more comfortable.”
Lagom mixed her gait shortly after the start at Terang on Sunday night and was subsequently put on notice by the stewards. Despite the hiccup, driver Jason Lee piloted his charge to a four-metre win in a rate of 2:00.0 for the 2180-metre journey.
Hunt made a few gear changes after the Adelaide trip and Sunday night’s win was just reward for his efforts.
“Yes she can do a few things wrong as well but hopefully the boys have some more fun with her,” he said.
It’s hot to trot at: Maryborough, tomorrow; Bendigo (N) Friday, Melton (N) Saturday, Stawell Cup (D) Sunday; Swan Hill (N) Tuesday 6th; Mt Gambier (N) Saturday 10th.

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