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Kelsos hoping to unveil another promising Proisir filly

Debutant Levakia. - Photo: Trish Dunell
Debutant Levakia.

Photo: Trish Dunell

By Joshua Smith, LOVERACING.NZ News Desk

Trainers Ken and Bev Kelso have raced two outstanding daughters of Proisir in the colours of Philip and Catherine Brown, and on Wednesday they are hoping they can unveil another at Taupo.

The Browns have struck gold in the last few years with Group One winners Levante and Legarto, and they are hoping Levakia can reach the same lofty heights.

The couple purchased her out of Curraghmore’s 2023 New Zealand Bloodstock Online Yearling Sale draft for $105,000 under their Ancroft Stud banner, and Ken and Bev Kelso have been pleased with what they have seen from the filly so far.

“It is the same syndicate as Legarto,” Ken Kelso said. “We bought her as a yearling online for $105,000 and she has developed into quite a nice filly.”

Levakia was runner-up in her 850m trial at Te Awamutu last month and is set to make her debut in the Dylan Johnson Bloodstock (1100m) at Taupo on Wednesday, however, with the Taupo track rated a Heavy9 on Tuesday morning, and more rain forecast, she could be saved for another day.

“She has shown ability at home and I thought it was a nice trial at Te Awamutu,” Kelso said. “We were going to give her another trial, but when they brought along this two-year-old race at Taupo we decided to roll the dice. But now with the weather, a question mark on the track, and probably drawn in the wrong place in one, I am not 100 percent sure we are going.”

Levakia will likely head for a spell shortly in preparation for her three-year-old season.

“We will probably give her a little break after this because the tracks are only going to get worse over the next couple of months,” Kelso said.


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