A look back at Kal
The 2014 Kalgoorlie round reinforced to horse racing followers in Western Australia that Darren McAuliffe and his stable are in consistent and damaging form.
Express Service and Ram Jam held the key for McAuliffe and the two didn’t disappoint with huge efforts.
For the gelding by Danehill Express, Express Service, he had two mighty assignments in the $100,000 Hahn Electrical-Coolgardie Cup and the listed $140,000 Tabtouch Hannans Handicap.
Jumping as the favourite for the Coolgardie Cup, he had no luck early and was forced to race three-wide, before eventually sitting outside the leader True Gold.
Despite doing all of the hard work, at the 200 metre mark, it was Express Service which straightened up nicely, kicked, and opened up a race winning lead.
Tiring late, Red Blast and Operational were unable to bridge the gap, giving Express Service the victory by ¾ L.
His next assignment was the Hannans Handicap where he jumped from barrier 12.
Pike pushed him out of the gates and he managed to get across to sit outside the leader Delray Beach showing plenty of speed.
As Delray Beach and Rouge Dior kept kicking, Express Service raced in third position and started to be pushed by Pike as they approached the bend with Delray Beach holding a handy lead.
Express Service kept fighting and cut the margin that Delray Beach had created with Sireeze beside him.
The two battled side-by-side to the line with Express Service just falling short by a long head, in what was a huge effort from barrier 12.
Ram Jam had won five of his last six races as they headed to Kal and it was only a slow 6 track at Belmont Park which halted his dominance.
In top order, McAuliffe was confident of strong results and that’s exactly what he produced.
Pike was able to position Ram Jam third on the rail in the early stages of the Sassy Sue’s-Boulder Cup.
With a few trying their luck early, Ram Jam slipped to fourth position approaching the 830m mark, but still on the rail in a dominant position.
Pike kicked Ram Jam forward as they approached the bend and he was quick to move off the fence and set after the leaders.
He came to the middle of the track and found himself vying for the lead, but it wasn’t to be as Red Blast flew home after getting the perfect trip throughout and having a bit more to offer late.
After a tremendous effort in the Boulder Cup, confidence was high with Ram Jam, jumping as the second favourite, this time with Ben Kennedy riding.
From barrier 12, Kennedy found himself back in seventh position through the early stages, but he’d been able to slot in.
Kennedy pushed forward with 1200 metres to go and hit the lead, crossing Rive Gauche and settling on the fence.
With 400 metres to go, Ram Jam still led but was joined by Verdello Blue and Friarday as they cornered and approached the straight.
Ram Jam continued to show his fighting spirit and with a gutsy performance held on to finish third.
The Kal round once again showed that McAuliife was preparing his gallopers in fantastic racing order and that all of his runners were going to be hard to beat, whether in Perth or at bigger country meets like Kalgoorlie.