Great effort by Kidunot
Kidunot, a courageous second in Saturday's $100,000 Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie, will not return to Southland.
Knapdale trainer and part-owner Ellis Winsloe is not sure if the 12-year-old will race again, but has decided to keep the gelding in the North Island.
Kidunot leaves Pukekohe today for a Waitotara dairy farm in the Central Districts. He will be looked after there by Winsloe's daughter Amanda, who is likely to take him on hunts. Amanda is a Wanganui school teacher.
Ellis Winsloe is mindful Kidunot will be 13 next season and allocated big weights in South Island steeplechases next winter.
''He's been so good to us, I'd hate to see him break down on the track.''
With the South Island's jumping industry struggling for horses and riders, there was no future for Kidunot if he returned to Knapdale, Winsloe said.
Kidunot had southern race fans on the edge of their seats when he led inside the last 100m in the Northern. Early leader Rangatira rallied late to put his nose back in front on the line in a head-bobbing finish.
''It was a phenomenal run,'' Winsloe said of Kidunot's performance.
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