Fast beginners

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 08:34 25/08/2013
Geoff and Jude Knight
JAMES JUBB
TRAINERS: Geoff and Jude Knight

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Stablemates Hi Gun and Lionels Meddle are off difficult handicaps at Gore today, but their ability to begin fast will help them.

Hi Gun is off 30m and Lionels Meddle off 40m in the day's feature race, the 2200m AW and AM Osborne Contracting Special Handicap. Roxburgh co-trainer Geoff Knight said the field size of eight starters was a help for his pair.

''At least there's not 14 to get around.

''It depends on how the race is run, but I know both of mine are really quick beginners.''

Lionels Meddle and Hi Gun were second and third, respectively, in a claimers' race at Forbury Park 11 nights ago. Knight lodged a successful claim for Lionels Meddle.

The Live Or Die gelding won 10 races for Christchurch horseman Robert Dunn, including the 2010 Winton Cup.

''He's got leg problems and we've been swimming him all week,'' Knight said.

''High Gun over-raced at Ascot Park [August 11] and then went back at Forbury and ran on.''

Ten-year-old High Gun was improving three wide when the leaders sprinted inside the 600m at Forbury Park.

Knight and training partner wife Jude will harness Infrequently for the Charlton Motel/Food Affair Pace. The daughter of Real Desire will have support after racing wide from the 800m and maintaining a solid run for third at Forbury Park.

Bryleigh Star and Sage are capable of earning cheques in the Bryleigh Stud/Washington VC Pace.

''From the draw, Bryleigh Star should run in [the first] three and Sage has been working really good,'' Geoff Knight said.

The Witch Doctor, who is a newcomer to the Central Otago stable, and Rock Of Tara are the Knight runners for the AON Insurance Brokers' Handicap.

A 5-year-old Live Or Die gelding, The Witch Doctor has been kept fresh for today's race.

''Rock Of Tara has been most unlucky. He seems to get checked every week,'' Knight said.

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- The Southland Times

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