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    MY KIWI MATE

    SEVERAL key targets have been earmarked for comeback pacer My Kiwi Mate. Scoring when second-up from a long spell at Tabcorp Park Melton last... Majors on the radar for comeback pacer

    SEVERAL key targets have been earmarked for comeback pacer My Kiwi Mate.

    Scoring when second-up from a long spell at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, My Kiwi Mate has been aimed at numerous majors during the next few months, with the Inter Dominion at the top of the list.

    Along with the industry’s ‘Holy Grail’, trainer Craig Demmler has set his sights on the Victoria and Kilmore Cups.

    Subject of several date changes in recent years, the Kilmore Cup is scheduled to be run on Thursday, September 27, with the Victoria Cup set down for October 13.

    The opening round of the Inter Dominion is due to be conducted at Melton on December 1.

    “I’m very happy with the way he has come back, which has been a long, slow process,” Demmler said. “If he can continue to improve the way I expect, I will be looking at several of the big races with him, with the Inter at the top of the radar.

    “He is so much like Breenys Fella (2000 Victoria Cup winner) in that if he gets the right run and is in the right place they’ll know he’s there in any race.”

    With Demmler holding the reins, My Kiwi Mate was caught three-wide from barrier four before being eased to settle towards the tail of the field as Im Rockaria worked to the lead.

    Last leaving the back straight, My Kiwi Mate was forced to the extreme outside around the home bend before sprinting to a head win from Magical Marn, with Burnaholeinmypocket five metres away third.

    “Given he was second-up I felt he may need the run, but he did a great job,” Demmler said. “After being off the scene for 12 months I was just going to be happy if he ran a drum.

    “To finish like he did and win from that position was a great effort and I’m rapt with him.

    “More importantly he has pulled up a treat and now we’ll keep pressing on.”

    Rating 1:55.2 over 2240 metres, the son of Bettors Delight provided Demmler with the second leg of a training double after Christian Major scored in the opening event on the card.

    Driven by Demmler’s partner, Jodi Quinlan, Christian Major accounted for Illawong Maestro and Firenglow in 1:53.8 over 1720 metres.

    “Jodi drove him a treat and he won well,” Demmler said. “Now that he has got his M0 out of the way I will head back to the country with him and see what he can pick up.”

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