Box Five Nothing New For Nicholls' Kia Kaha

WARREN Nicholls didn't have to look at the box draw when the fields for Friday's Ipswich semi-finals of the Golden Chase Sprint came out.

WARREN Nicholls didn't have to look at the box draw when the fields for Friday night's Ipswich semi-finals of the Golden Chase Sprint (431m) came out.

He had a pretty good idea his classy bitch Kia Kaha (Zipping Garth-Daniel's Loss) would come up with the five box.

“This will be her 22nd race start and she has drawn box five nine times,” lamented Warren.

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“Her past two runs have been over 431m at Ipswich and she has drawn box five, and she has it again on Friday night.”

But, Warren knows only too well the bitch has won her past two and is a fabulously consistent race bitch despite that run of box five draws.

“She is going super,” he said.

“We have freshened her up because she has a very busy couple of months coming up.

Warren Nicholls with his retired top stayer Days Of Thunder

“There is this Auction Sprint series, then the Ipswich Young Guns and then the 520m Auction series.”

The Auction series has been renamed the Golden Chase Series.

Warren has a huge opinion of the bitch.

She has already been second in the G2 Queensland Futurity and third in the QGOLD Blitz at Albion Park.

She is the winner of nine races and been placed 10 times for $53,000.

“She's better than average, a lovely bitch who lust loves to race,” he said.

“And, she's getting stronger and stronger with more racing.

“I reckon I will win a nice race with her along the way.”

Kia Kaha is raced by first-time owner Sally Evans who asked Warren to train the bitch when she was 15 months.

Of Friday night's semis, he rates the three box Rylee's River hard to beat.

“He's racing very consistently,” said Warren of Rylee's River. He was also relieved slick beginner Hudson Bay, who likes to scout wide in his races, is an early scratching.

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