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    From perennial placegetter to G1 star From perennial placegetter to G1 star

    CHRIS SVANOSIO surrounded by some happy connections - Photo HRV

    AFTER a string of Group placings last term, Kyvalley Finn was rewarded for his consistency at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Racing against the... From perennial placegetter to G1 star

    AFTER a string of Group placings last term, Kyvalley Finn was rewarded for his consistency at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    Racing against the best of his crop since his debut season, Kyvalley Finn captured a Vicbred Super Series Final for trainer Chris Svanosio.

    The futurity has been good to Svanosio, who won the 2018 three-year-old division with Anywhere Hugo to register his maiden top shelf success as a trainer.

    “He ran six Group placings last year, including two Group Ones,” Svanosio explained. “He was also fourth in the Sires’ last year which we won with Anywhere Hugo.

    “So he’s always been thereabouts and capable of winning with the right run.

    “He got that right run this time and it made a difference at the finish.”

    With Svanosio holding the reins Kyvalley Finn enjoyed the ideal one-one trip as Chief Runningcloud led and Majestic Player worked in the ‘death seat’.

    Angled three-wide at the top of the home straight the son of Skyvalley grabbed the lead in the last stride to score by a head from Majestic Player, with Chief Runningcloud five metres away third.

    “He went well in his heat after racing in the ‘death’ and had been working great since, so he was ready to run a good race,” Svanosio said.

    “I was thinking he’d be outside the leader again but when Kate (Gath) held the front with Chief Runningcloud we were able to get the perfect sit.

    “He felt good at the top of the home straight and stuck his head out at the right time.”

    Bred and owned by Jim Connelly, the trotter rated 2:01.2 over 2240 metres to take his record to eight wins and 18 placings from 35 starts for earnings of $134,780.

    Set to enjoy “a few light days”, Kyvalley Finn will then be aimed at next month’s Australasian Breeders’ Crown.

    “I’ll just keep him poking around for the Breeders’ Crown,” Svanosio said. “He seems to go better when he races regularly, so I will find something between now and then.

    “There is a suitable race at Maryborough during the Redwood Carnival I will also look at.”

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