Consistent Kolonel Kev Triumphant

Pencarrow Stud graduate Kolonel Kev (NZ) (Darci Brahma) backed up consistent form with another victory on Saturday in the $25,000 Hirepool – Noel Eales Memorial over 1600 metres at Manawatu.

Jumping from barrier 7, for regular rider Kelly Myers, Kolonel Kev settled at the back of the field before improving through the field at the 600m mark. At the turn Kolonel Kev was challenging the leaders and hit the lead with 100m to run but had to withstand a late challenge by Eternity (NZ) (Pins). The winning margin was a nose, with three-quarters-of-a-length to Sanasar (NZ) (Savabeel) in third position.

The four-year-old gelding has now won two races and has two seconds in his last 4 starts, with career stats of 4 wins from 16 starts and stakes of $107,500 for trainer Lisa Latta and owner Kamada Racing.

“He’s always shown some ability and he’s really strengthened up this prep. We’re looking at some of the bigger mile races for him in Januray, like the Group 2 Rich Hill,” Latta said.

Latta purchased the four-year-old gelding at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2013 Premier Sale for $200,000 from Pencarrow Stud

Bred by Sir Peter Vela and Philip Vela, the son of Darci Brahma is out of the unraced mare Lucky Be Luck (Storm Cat), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Love Lock (Silver Ghost), winner of the Group 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes. Kolonel Kev is a half-brother to stakes placegetter Santangelo (Lonhro)

Lucky Be Lucky foaled a colt by Darci Brahma this month, a full-brother to Kolonel Kev.