The outstanding recent progression of Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Ohoka Le Bron has earned him a shot some big race targets.
The Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained three-year-old completed a hat-trick of wins when downing a classy field at Addington on Friday night.
In the process, Ohoka Le Bron signed off an outstanding winter campaign as he is now heading for a spell.
Not only has the pacer gone out on a winning note, he has headed to the paddock with the hope he can be refreshed ahead of a serious campaign.
“With the progression he has made lately he has put his hand up to say he deserves a shot at the New Zealand Derby and the bigger three-year-old races.”
“He has always been a nice horse and we have always been hopeful he could be in that category.”
“But his ringcraft has taken a bit of fine tuning.”
“To be fair it hasn’t take too long, he’s only had the twelve starts.”
“In that time he has turned into a professional racehorse.”
“Early on he wanted to go a hundred miles an hour and he took a lot out of himself.”
“He ran some big races in the process but we knew he was capable of more.”
“To see him race like he has been lately has been very pleasing.”
“At the top level he will need to show that kind of ringcraft and now that he has got it he deserves a shot at taking on the big guns.”
Ohoka Le Bron won’t be in the paddock for too long as the Dalgety stable will get him ready for the spring’s three-year-old features.
“He will have a nice freshen up and then we will look at some of the lead up races,” Cran said.
“He has thrived through the winter and he’s in great condition but a nice break now should be just what he needs.”
Ohoka Le Bron edged out Casino Action in a Kentuckiana Lodge quinella at Addington.
Casino Action hit a little bit of a flat patch in his form but he showed he hasn’t lost any of his class with his strong second placing.
“He has taken a couple of runs to come back to it but he went super,” Cran said.
The Kentuckiana Lodge racing team will only get bigger as the spring approaches.
There will be no shortage of firepower with the stable’s big guns getting ready to return to the trials track in the coming weeks.