Trainer leads the charge with 12 runners for St Pat’s glory
Saturday, 17th March, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Strathalbyn trainer Kym Healy is going full tilt at the St Pat’s races today with 12 horses set to run including three starters in the Outback Cup.
In the main race of the day Healy has Aussie Jack, Baker’s Dozen and Kosmos Tercedes, the latter part-owned by television personality Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello.
‘Cosi’ isn’t the only well-known figure that Healy trains for with Joe Janiak, former owner and trainer of Takeover Target, among the owners of Regal Grove who will line up in race three today.
Janiak’s story is the stuff of fairytales as he bought Takeover Target while working in Queanbeyan in the ACT as a taxi driver and part-time horse trainer.
He paid just $1400 for the horse that had a history of injury but went on to earn over $6 million in prizemoney.
Takeover Target won 21 times including eight group one races in Australia, England, Japan and Singapore and became a crowd-favourite thanks to its rags-to-riches story.
The horse was retired in 2009 due to a leg injury and even made a guest appearance at St Pat’s before he died in 2015 after seriously injuring itself in the paddock.
Healy will have runners in all but one of the eight races on today’s card; Wicked Affair and Bellona Belle in race one, Quicker Than Slick and Battunga Lass in race two, Regal Grove in the third, Alitaka in the fifth, Tommy Gun in race seven and Snip Of Magic and Roebuck in the last, as well as the three mentioned earlier in the Cup.
Healy said this is his largest contingent of runners since he started making the trip to Broken Hill for St Pat’s.
“I’ve been coming here for about 10 years now and the most I’ve had was 10 horses,” he said.
“I had three winners that day so hopefully I get at least that this time. I’ve got three in the Cup and two in the sprint and then a few in the other races.
“A few of them are new horses that I haven’t had for long and first time on the dirt so it’s tough to say how they’ll go. Obviously Snip Of Magic is going for its third Sprint win in a row.”
After wins in 2016 and 2017, Snip Of Magic will be after a third consecutive Outback Sprint title today.
“I’m really happy with him,” Healy said about Snip Of Magic.
“The weight he has to carry is my only concern. He’s got 62kg which is a lot of weight for a little horse.”
Healy, who’s won the Outback Cup twice, might train horses for some high-profile owners like Janiak and Costello but he said those horses are treated the same as anyone else’s.
“I treat them all the same,” Healy said. “I own some, they own some. I have owners all around the country that I train for. They all get treated the same.”