Guineas victory highlights Kym Davison’s Albury double

The Kym Davison-trained Canny Hell won Friday’s $80,000 Albury Guineas. Image: Bradley Photos.

It was a day to remember for Kym Davison at Albury on Friday, with the local trainer winning the Albury Guineas and training a double.

Racing Canny Hell ($4.40) in the $80,000 Albury Guineas, Simon Miller drove the three-year-old forward from gate seven and sat second as Direct Fire (Kayla Nisbet, $10) ran the field along. 

Canny Hell went to the front on the Albury straight and boxed on gamely for a gritty victory, defeating the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Piercing Arrow (Louis Beuzelin, $3.80) by the best part of a length. 

In third and over a length off the winner was the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Red Dates (Danny Beasley, $14). 

“He loves his home track; it was a very good win,” Davison said as he held back tears following the Albury Guineas.

“There are quite a few (owners) here, and we’re going to have a big night tonight, I’ll tell you that.”

Only eight starts into his career, Canny Hell has won four races, and Friday’s win takes his career earnings to well over $120,000. 

Davison believes the Hellbent gelding will be a better four-year-old.

“He’ll go out for a break now, and I can’t wait for another six months when he bulks up a little bit,” he said. 

“There’s a heap of improvement in him.”

It was a gutsy result, and Davison was just pleased to see Canny Hell prove his doubters wrong. 

“He’s done all the hard work there; he got to the front at the top of the straight and fought it out,” Davison said. 

“For those who say he can’t run 1400m, I think they might have a bit of egg on their face, but that’s okay.”

Earlier on the card, Davison won the $50,000 Super Maiden Plate (1175m) with Check Side, which showed a lot of upside when finishing strongly to record the victory.

A clear six lengths last after failing to generate any early speed out of gate seven, Nick Souquet got the three-year-old going as they stormed into the race. 

While still appearing to be a long shot at the top of the straight, Check Side ($3.10) was ultra-impressive when breezing past his rivals to defeat the Peter Maher-trained Final Crack (Simon Miller, $1.95) by a length-and-a-quarter.

In third and a length-and-a-half back was the David O’Prey-trained Rich Dispute (Logan McNeil, $9,50).

“He came out, and it looked as though he was half pig-rooting the first little bit,” Davison said. 

“He’s shown plenty of ability; he’s been working with Canny Hell, and we were quietly confident today, and geez, he hit the line well.”

It was a good ride by Souquet, who didn’t panic on the Scissor Kick gelding. 

“He let him balance up, and once he got him balanced, they worked into it,” Davison said. 

“Look, I still didn’t think he could win at the top of the straight, but geez, it was a good win.”

Check Side could be a very nice horse to follow, and Davison explained that he still needed to mature. 

“We call him Jekyll and Hyde; there are two of him,” Davison laughed.

“Today, he had a bit of both sides, but in the end, we got the money, and that’s the main thing.”

It was a huge second day of the Albury Carnival, and the feature of the day was the $200,000 Albury Gold Cup (2000m). 

A Listed event, Annabel Neasham trained the quinella as Fawkner Park (Tyler Schiller, $1.80) won by three lengths from stablemate Regal Lion (Alysha Collett, $18) while in third and nearly five lengths back was the Darren McLeod-trained Danish Fortune (Alana Kelly, $20).