WITH several majors on the agenda later in the season, Kyvalley Hotspur has been sent for a spell.
Speaking after the youngster’s success in last night’s New South Wales Trotters’ Derby at Club Menangle, prominent trainer Brent Lilley has decided to give Kyvalley Hotspur “most of winter off”.
The son of Muscle Hill is expected to spend at least two months in a paddock before being readied for key events such as the Victoria Trotters’ Derby and Breeders’ Crown.
The Derby scheduled to be run on October 31 as part of Maryborough’s famed Redwood Classic program, with the Breeders’ Crown culminating in an $80,000 Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on November 20.
“He is a nice type which is still a work in progress and will benefit from a break,” Lilley said. “I’ll give him most of winter off so at this stage he will have at least two months in a paddock.
“Depending on how well he does, I may even stretch that out a bit.
“He hasn’t had a real decent break with just a couple of weeks off here and there between some of the better races during the last six months.
“He’s done very well this time in and gives every indication he will continue to improve as he goes along.”
Driven by outstanding reinsman Luke McCarthy, Kyvalley Hotspur began quickly to lead from barrier six before being crossed by Dream Inception.
Angled away from the pegs approaching the bell, Kyvalley Hotspur was once again sent to the front as Affaire De Cover was moved into the ‘death seat’.
Fending off the initial challenge leaving the back straight, the colt cruised to a 14-metre win from Aldebaran Ursula, with On Advice 13 metres away third.
Rating 1:58.6 over 2300 metres, Kyvalley Hotspur stretched his record to five wins and four placings from 15 starts for earnings of $72,660.
“I was reasonably confident with him and he ran up to expectations,” Lilley said. “Luke drove him a treat to find the front out of the gate and again to avoid being caught on the pegs when the other horse came to the breeze.”