president Ron Cook received a welcomed respite from illness when Kepero scored a gutsy win
in the Luthers Luck Super Vobis Handicap (1600m) at Sandown today.
Cook, whos owned a number of good gallopers in the past
including Jakpil and Lady Jakeo, is a former president of the Hawthorn football club and
has been battling illness recently. Last nights seven point loss by Hawthorn, at the
hands of Essendon, was not the start to the weekend Cook was looking for.
It was the second consecutive win for Kepero in
todays race. Last start the three-year-old colt scored a long neck win in a 1500
metre maiden at Ballarat.
Kepero ($9-$12) races in the same colours as the recent
Adelaide Cup placegetter Silver Baron, whos also trained by John Hawkes.
Wayne Hawkes, the stable foreman for the Hawkes family in
Melbourne, was impressed with todays victory.
"It was a very good win," Hawkes said.
"Hes a very gutsy horse and I was impressed with his performance today."
"He didnt have many things go his way during the
race, so it was a pretty good performance under the circumstances," he added.
Kepero, with Darren Gauci up, had to show plenty of fight
to hold out the well backed Media Magnate ($5-$7-$5 fav) in a driving finish. A half head
separated the two at the finishing post.
The roughie Scenic Quest, a recent class one winner at
Wangaratta, grabbed third place ahead of Gentrified.
Luthers Luck (Acidity-Prosperina II)
Luthers Luck has the distinction of winning more races at Sandown than any other
horse (nine wins). In all he won 19 races from 79 starts including the 1986 JJ Liston
Stakes and the 1987 GJ Coles (now Sandown) Stakes.
First KEPERO (RG & Mrs DE Cooks chestnut colt 3 years Star Way-Miss Dingleberry
$9-$12) Darren Gauci for John Hawkes (Flemington). Second MEDIA MAGNATE (grey gelding 3
years OReilly-Madiya) Kerrin McEvoy for Michael Moroney (Flemington). Third SCENIC
QUEST (bay gelding 3 years Scenic-Crown Hope $51-$61) Brendan Fenech for Keith Newman
(Seymour). Margins: Half head x 1 ½ lengths.