Horse Racing

Trainer Lorne 'Georgie' Kirlew scores refreshing double

Observer staff reporter

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Two winners on Saturday's 11-race programme were a welcome change of fortune for Classic winning trainer Lorne Kirlew. Powerful Red and Bubbling Princess brought the 2014 2000 Guineas winning trainer seasonal total to just three.

Powerful Red, ridden by Oneil Scott, won the second race by two-and-a-quarter lengths as the 1-2 favourite in the seven-furlong event. Powerful Red won in a time of 1:32.2.

However, it was the victory by Bubbling Princess that brought more significance for Kirlew.

The three-year-old chestnut filly was a four-length winner in a maiden special weight event named in honour of trainer Gary Subratie.

Ridden by O'Brien White, Bubbling Princess produced a terrific burst of speed in deep stretch to beat Mrs Kim (Doushane Gordon) and Smarty Tradition (Shane Ellis) in a time of 48.1 for four furlongs (400m) on the straight course.

“Good, good. I mean it was a very good feeling to win those two races and it was a result of the hard work and dedication I have been putting in. I am happy and grateful for the two winners,” a truly elated Kirlew shared with the Supreme Racing Guide.

Commenting on the filly Bubbling Princess's performance, Kirlew said everyone can expect more from his charge.

“This filly [ Bubbling Princess] is a good filly. She is a nice horse, but she is hard to train, plus she has problems and that's why we have to be training her at the sea.

“The plan was to make one move and so I wasn't surprised with the win. Now we have to look for a five straight (1,000m) race at the non-winners of two level. I have to race her over the distance because she is fragile. We want to win one or two more races out of her and then turn her to the breeding shed early next year,” Kirlew disclosed.

With the two winners and his form turned around, Kirlew said that he hopes to continue that trend throughout the season. “From as long as I have the material, the sky is the limit for me.”

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