HAWKESDALE couple Danny and Maxine Keane have been associated with racehorses for more than 35 years, originally training them and now as owners.
On Boxing Day at Penshurst they achieved a first in the best possible way.
Six Beat ($17), a five-year-old gelding by Lonhro, which they purchased at a Darley dispersal sale, led all the way to win the Trevor Krause Fencing Penshurst Cup.
The outsider of the field upset more favoured runners to hold on narrowly ahead of the unlucky Diamonds At Noon ($4.60).
Danny later explained this was the first cup of any sorts that they had won.
“We have won many races here at Penshurst, as well as around the area including Hamilton, but we have never won a cup, this is a great thrill,” he said.
The day nearly didn’t eventuate as the horse was also entered for a race at Ararat next Monday.
“That race was more in his class, but after weighing up a few things we thought why not have a go here, and we were rapt with the way Lily (Coombe) rode him too, she is a promising young jockey,” Keane explained.
Adding to the day of firsts, the cup win was also the first for the 20-year-old apprentice.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, December 28, 2013.