The consistent Kiwia has added a well-deserved win to his own record and that of his sire Reset in last Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup.
Given a perfect ride from a wide gate by John Allen, Kiwia settled in midfield on the fence and gained a succession of inside runs before striking the lead 100m out and powering away to win by one and three-quarter lengths.
The win wasn’t a complete surprise to Godolphin’s Andy Makiv, with Kiwia running well throughout his current preparation.
Competitive in strong spring company, when finishing fifth to Tally in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the extra trip and a slight drop in class gave Kiwia his chance at Ballarat.
Darley Victoria’s General Manager, Andy Makiv enthused that “Reset is one of those stallions who consistently delivers, and we saw that again on Saturday with Kiwia.”
“That was his second Stakes win for owner Gerry Ryan and it’s a real thrill for us when clients have success with our stallions.”
Kiwia’s other stakes win was the Group 3 Coongy Cup at Caulfield in 2017, clocking up the 33rd stakes-winner for Reset.
Victorian-bred and part-owned by Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, the five-year-old gelding has now had seven wins for 22 starts, 11 at Group or Listed level and amassed $762,050 in prize money.
From the unraced Danehill Dancer mare Single View, a sister to Group 3 MRC Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes winner Tuscan Sling out of the Listed SAJC Walter Brown Stakes winner Firenza (Kenny’s Best Pal).
Kiwia is her only foal to race thus far, but she has a lovely full sister to Kiwia at foot.
“Gerry sent Kiwia’s dam Single View back to Reset last year and she foaled down a filly back in August, who is certainly one to follow,” Makiv said.
Reset, who was unbeaten in his only five starts and won twice at Group 1 level, stands at Northwood Park, Victoria, at a fee of A$13,750 including GST. For more information please visit www.darley.com.au/stallions/our-stallions/reset