A horse found on Facebook has been given the thumbs-up for Matamata tomorrow.
Rotorua trainer Tracey Lammas has high hopes for Kamikaze Rebel in
the Thirsty Liqour Maiden 1200 after the Alamosa gelding followed a
four-length Te Teko trial win with a narrow defeat at the hands of
exciting galloper Highlad at Avondale last week.
"He's pleasantly surprised me actually. He far exceeded my
expectations when he won that trial and he's trained on well since that
race last week," Lammas said.
"He's come through that Avondale run so well that he's convinced me
to back him up at Matamata. We'd hoped for an easier option at Matamata,
which I think we've got, and if he can run well we'll look at one of
those special condition maiden races at the back end of the Hastings
carnival. He's showing a fair bit of promise."
Lammas came across Kamikaze Rebel on Facebook, which has led to her
racing the five-year-old on lease on a 50-50 racing share with his owner
"The ad said something about a lease. I watched his trial and then
rang the owner Louise Boyd and now we’re racing him together with half
shares," Lammas said, adding that Kamikaze Rebel had injury problems
which had stymied him earlier on and led to him only making his debut as
"He's been great all along for me. He's a super horse and he really
wants to be a racehorse. He's got good feet, he's a good eater, he gets
on the truck fine - if they were all like that, this game would be
Kamikaze Rebel is set to start a warm favourite at Matamata, with
Lammas revealing he has had the experience of a jumpout at the track as
"He went really well in that jumpout, though it was on quite a heavy
track. I expect to see him hitting the line well. I'd be disappointed if
he wasn't in the first three," said Lammas, who has again engaged her
husband Cameron to ride.
NZ Racing Desk