Manning trained Kickittochris impressive

REGION - Talented pacer, Kickittochris was impressive in bringing up a strong win at Ballarat last week.

The gelding proved too strong for his rivals to win the Laser Electrical Pace.

Kickittochris, who is trained at Great Western by Kerryn Manning, jumped to the early lead and was never headed.

"He is a big loping horse. He's actually quite lazy, but his last quarter (400 metres) was 27.6 seconds which is quite quick and he just held on," Manning said.

Admitting he wasn't the easiest horse to train, Manning was excited about him winning after having some time off.

"Kickittochris had been in reasonable form before sustaining a setback after winning at Swan Hill," she said.

"He missed a couple of weeks work, so it was pleasing just to get him out there and give him a run."

Kickittochris will have his next run at Bendigo tomorrow.

Prior to Kickittochris running at Ballarat, he had been placed at three of his last five starts.

Manning, who would normally drive Kickittochris, left her husband Grant Campbell in charge while she attended a meeting at Charlton, where she also had a winner in Willow Robyn.

Willow Robyn was a class above in the Eldarin Park Pace and this was reflected by the fact she was sent out a short priced favourite.

The short odds were justified as she finished well ahead of The Reverend Black and Miss Toolern Vale.

Manning also drove Znana, who is trained by her father Peter Manning, at the Horsham Pacing Cup meeting at the weekend.

Znana qualified for the Horsham Rural City Council Pace Final after an excellent win at Stawell the previous week.

The gelding went to the front early, leading for the majority of the race at Horsham, before Goodtime Mike challenged on the home turn.

Goodtime Mike over ran Znana to record a nine and a half metre win.

"Znana unfortunately lost to the favourite, but had a very strong run," Kerryn Manning said.

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