BENDIGO trainer Kym Hann will be aiming to capitalise on plenty of recent success with a swag of his stable's horses seeing action over the next few weeks.
Hann, who notched up winners in two states on New Year's Day, will saddle up two runners at Ararat this Thursday before a possible trip back across the border to Murray Bridge in South Australia on Saturday.
He is further looking forward to the return of his city-winning mare Gloves Are Off at Moonee Valley later in the month.
The stable will approach a busy week ahead in top form with two winners and a placing from four runners so far in 2022.
Added to wins in December at Albury with Our Destrier, Wangaratta with Elmore Lad and Kerang on Boxing Day with Royal Tyke and a second at Moonee Valley with Gloves Are Off, Hann has an ultra-impressive five winners and two placegetters from his last nine starters.
He is hoping to build on the momentum.
"We just seem to be finding the right races for them at the moment," he said.
"We'll go where we can (to win races).
"As I say to people, the colour of the money is no different across the border, so if the right races are there you just have to try and grab them."
A cause for plenty of excitement has been the form of Our Destrier, who will be chasing a third straight win when he next goes around.
The five-year-old gelding followed up his Albury win with an impressive benchmark 60 victory at Murray Bridge on New Year's Day, with the final 3.5-length margin barely doing justice to a dominant performance.
"I do have a bit of time with this horse," Hann said.
"I have him in at Murray Bridge this Saturday, but there is also another race at Sandown the following Wednesday.
"I'll just play it by ear with him and see which one is best for him.
"He was pretty impressive the other day and he should have won by further, if he had run straight.
"He just shied at something (coming up the straight) and lost a few lengths. For a moment I thought he'd broken down, but he was okay.
"He's a lightly raced horse and has taken a long time, but he's finally starting to hit his straps. Going forward he is going to be an exciting horse. "
Hann has Swing With Junior accepted at Ararat this Thursday, with the four-year-old mare looking to back up her impressive win at Mornington on New Year's Eve, the second win of her 13 start career.
Also Ararat-bound is Elmore Lad, who backed up a win last month at Wangaratta, with a third at Murray Bridge on New Year's Day.
Hann said both horses were in suitable races and should be hard to beat.
The two-time Bendigo trainer of the year confirmed his metro-performer Gloves Are Off would return to racing at Moonee Valley on January 22 in a $130,000 benchmark 70 fillies and mare event (1200m).
The four-year-old followed up her impressive 1200m win at Moonee Valley in November, with a second at the same track in her last start in December and will head back to the Valley ultra-fresh.
"After (January 22) we will probably step her up to 1400m and go to a mares race at Caulfield," he said.
"She is coming along nicely, (and) worked enormously the other morning - I can't fault her.
"She's been very honest this time in. It was a very good run last start, she just got by a bit better horse.
"I'm very pleased with her."
The colour of the money is no different across the border, so if the right races are there you just have to try and grab them.Kym Hann
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