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Facebook horse set for Matamata
23 Aug 2016

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 Louise Boyd.

"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 a five-year-old.

"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 easy."

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 well.

"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

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