Jealous Much joins King stable
Jealous Much, a one-win galloper formerly trained by Matamata horseman Andrew Scott, is in work with Isla Bank trainer Kerry King.
The 5-year-old Keeper mare is one of six in King's stable preparing for the Winton Jockey Club meeting on September 18. The others are Tappy's Best, Double Tap, Tuatap, Luv Da Bling and Citycenta.
King has not raced a horse since the Gore meeting on May 21. After that meeting, thoroughbred racing in Southland went into its annual recess of four months. Some trainers campaign horses in Otago and Canterbury during the Southland off season.
''We didn't have [suitable] horses to race through the winter,'' King said yesterday.
''The time involved with travelling, it wasn't worth it.''
King is in the process of forming a training partnership with her fiance Ian Taplin. The pair are to marry in Cambridge on September 27 and will return home to saddle stable runners at the Gore meeting three days later.
Track rider Rebecca Haywood is part of King's racing operation.
Meanwhile, Southland's Great Northern Steeplechase hope, Kidunot, will race on the flat at Ruakaka on Saturday.
Kidunot is staying at Richard Collett's Pukekohe stable and training up to expectations. His Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe said Saturday's rating 85 2100m at Ruakaka would tighten Kidunot for the $100,000 Northern at Ellerslie a week later.
''He's settled in and eating good [at Collett's stable],'' Winsloe said.
A Southland-trained jumper has not won the Northern since Loch Linnhe scored in 1975. Kidunot won the Great Northern Hurdles in 2009.
The Southland Times