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    KICK THE SWITCH

    HE’S got an extremely long journey before he can be compared to his superstar father, but Kick The Switch is certainly heading in the... Freshman matching superstar sire early on

    HE’S got an extremely long journey before he can be compared to his superstar father, but Kick The Switch is certainly heading in the right direction.

    Showing a tremendous amount of promise, the two-year-old is by Lazarus, which is widely-regarded as one of the best pacers produced in the southern hemisphere.

    Triumphant in the 2017 Inter Dominion, Lazarus’ 45 starts on this side of the equator netted 35 victories and nine placings for earnings of $3,688,438.

    Finishing his career in America, Lazarus was retired to stud with a record of 37 wins, 12 placings and a bankroll of $4,125,988 from 51 outings.

    Lazarus’ first four starts saw him register three wins, a tally Kick The Switch matched with his success at Club Menangle last night.

    While Kick The Switch becoming a champion like his ‘old man’ is the dream, trainer Bernie Hewitt isn’t ready to get “carried away” with the freshman.

    “He’s started the right way with that comparison, but he’s got a long way to go,” Hewitt said. “I’ve got a fair opinion of him and believe he can develop into a very nice type, but we’re not getting carried away.

    “If he can keep going as well as he is and improve as he gains experience and matures we’ll be pretty happy.”

    With Cameron Hart holding the reins, Kick The Switch began quickly to find the lead from barrier nine.

    Proving too slick along the home straight, the gelding scored by two-and-a-half metres from Modern Sheen.

    Beachride, a stablemate of the winner, was six-and-a-half metres away third.

    “I was more than happy with that run,” Hewitt said. “He’s earned a short break now before I get him ready for the Breeders’ Challenge Blue Series in September.

    “After that he has the Breeders’ Challenge the following month which will see him out for the season.”

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