Trainer Gary White is on the board for the new racing season with ex-Victorian galloper Kamikaze Force his first winner.
Kamikaze Force was having its third start for White after two encouraging runs in Hobart on a heavy track and at Devonport.
“She took a lot of benefit from her first run here a couple of weeks ago she handled the track here nicely today, got a gun run in front and hit the line nicely,” White said after Kamikaze Force led all the way to win the Tasracing.com.au maiden at Devonport on Sunday.
Kamikaze Force was the best backed runner in the race firming from $4.20 into $3.50 (Tasracing Official Prices). Ridden by Georgie Catania, Kamikaze Force held on well to win from the fast finishing Om Nom which was a drifter in the market $2.10 out to $2.70. Belrock Boy put in a tough performance to run third after racing wide,
White was delighted for the owners of Kamikaze Force. ” Eddie Hirsh has got a lot of horses in Victoria and he has them with lots of different trainers, he’s got horses all over the place, some up in Scone (NSW), he’s a great supporter of our stable, he’s sent some horses down here and it’s great to get a winner for him,”
While recent seasons haven’t been the greatest for White, the veteran trainer who has enjoyed plenty of success, particularly in the big Cups, is buoyant about his stable playing a role over the summer.
“It’s probably the best young team of horses I’ve have for about eight years, so far the babies we have are all showing above average ability, a lot of promise there, a lot of depth and I’d be disappointed if we weren’t figuring in some of the feature races.”
Sunday’s win capped of a big week for White who also became a grandfather for the first time.