CLASSY mare Kitsilano has recaptured her best at the right time.
Racing below expectations this campaign, Kitsilano proved she has put her troubles behind her with a dominating triumph in yesterday’s Victor Harbor Trotters’ Cup.
The daughter of Armbro Variable hadn’t graced the winners’ circle since January 2020.
Kitsilano had been limited to 11 starts during the interim after suffering a hairline fracture in her offside back leg in March 2020.
“We gave her plenty of time off but for some reason she still wasn’t quite right,” trainer Greg Rogers said.
“Before yesterday she’d had seven starts this time in for three placings and a couple of fourths, but I just wasn’t happy with her.
“You could see it in her eyes that she just wasn’t feeling right.”
A chance visit from former South Australian horseman Ross Sugars may have found the key to fixing Kitsilano’s issues.
“Ross said his daughter Kylie had similar issues with Sammy Showdown and having him treated by an acupuncture worked wonders,” Rogers explained.
“I had a, acupuncturist go over Kitsilano and she has improved in leaps and bounds.”
With Rogers’ son, Ken, holding the reins Kitsilano worked to the lead from her front line draw before cruising to a soft 13-metre win from Millys Magic.
The Paigeboy was a metre away third in 2:06.9 for the 2660-metre stand.
Set to give the five-year-old “an easy day or two” Rogers has earmarked the South Australia Trotters’ Cup on April17 as Kitsilano’s next target.
Kitsilano finished third in last season’s edition of the prestigious feature.
“She won’t go around again before the Cup,” Rogers said. “I’ll just keep her ticking along quietly at home between now and then.”