LIFE is about to get a lot harder for classy mare Kitsilano.
Returning in sensational shape this season Kitsilano has rocketed through the grades for trainer Greg Rogers.
The downside of the trotter’s stellar form – which has netted three wins from four starts for the term – is Kitsilano is stepping up to open class.
Although the four-year-old has only had 22 starts, for 13 wins, her national rating points along with the local pool of squaregaiters equates to Kitsilano being “thrown into the deep end.”
Kitsilano’s latest victory came in the Trotters’ Series Final at Globe Derby during the weekend.
“There are not a lot of options for her,” Rogers said. “In a couple of weeks there is a discretionary which she will probable get a handicap in against the more seasoned horses.
“Looking further down the track we will have to consider the Trotters’ Cup in early February, but that means she will be thrown into the deep end pretty quickly.”
With Rogers’ son Ken in the cart, Kitsilano began well from her 20-metre handicap to be midfield early as Swaffham Success led from the front line.
Sent forward to find the lead with two laps to travel, the daughter of Armbro Variable strode clear of the pack along the back straight.
Never fully extended, Kitsilano was untouched on her way to an arrogant 15-and-a-half metre win from Swaffham Success, with Baking Hot eight-and-a-half metres away third in 2:05.2 over 2230 metres.
“She did that as easily as she pleased,” Rogers said. “Ken never went for her at any stage and she crossed the line with the plugs in.
“She has improved with every run this time in and is still yet to be fully wound up.”