The New Zealand owned son of Snitzel, Killin, is beginning to fulfil his potential, with yesterday’s victory in Saturday’s De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100m) coming on the back of a first-up provincial success.
Lees thought highly of him when he first arrived as a two-year-old from New Zealand, where he was Group Two placed, but he was not a fan of the horse’s attitude.
“He was a bit of a lad so we made the decision to geld him and he’s come back in pretty good order, winning two from two since gelding, so he is certainly going the right way,” Lees said.
“It’s winter racing but he’s still got improvement going forward and we know he handles all types of tracks.”
Tim Clark dictated from the front aboard Killin ($9), the three-year-old kicking strongly to claim the scalp of odds-on favourite Tailleur, who raced handy but could not close the 2-1/4 length gap.
Killin was a BPB yearling purchase on behalf of a group of New Zealand based clients with the hope that he may end a future stallion, however despite showing well above average ability from the outset, raceday focus wasn’t a strong point. After running 2nd in 5 of his first 6 races which included a 2nd in a Group 2 and a 6th behind Bivouac the decision was made to geld him which has clearly made all the difference as he is now 2 from 2.