Maiden Bid Brings Back Memories For Kavanagh

STEVE Kavanagh believes he has a wrong to be righted when he heads to Grafton for the heats of the July Maiden Classic on Sunday.

STEVE Kavanagh believes he has a wrong to be righted when he heads to Grafton for the heats of the time-honoured July Maiden Classic (450m) on Sunday.

Kavanagh took legend Brother Fox to Grafton as a 16-month old pup for this very race way back in 1984.

After brilliantly winning his heat, the later to become Hall of Famer was "checked out of it" early before finishing third to the future star Autumn Lilly.


"We tracked her (Autumn Lilly) down a few weeks later at Harold Park to give her the message," said Kavanagh with a laugh.

Brother Fox won the Vic Peters Final in track record time with Autumn Lilly in fourth.

This Sunday, Kavanagh heads to Grafton with littermates Rumble Tempest, Rudolf Rumble and Rumble Cyclone, the litter by Irish superstar Pestana from Kavanagh's great race bitch and producer Joyce Rumble.

He rates Rumble Tempest his best chance.

"They are going to Grafton without a field trial, but they are good chasing dogs and will be good race dogs when they mature," he said.

"The race has come probably a month too soon for them all. Rumble Tempest is a shade better than the others but only on solo times."

Rumble Tempest has drawn box three in heat three, Rudolf Rumble has box one in heat four and Rumble Cyclone has box five in heat five.

Mick Lalicz has littermate Weather Report in box seven in heat six.

"Rumble Tempest comes up against Barefoot Zulu," said Steve.

Barefoot Zulu, trained by Steve Keep, broke the Grafton 450m track record in a stewards' trial last Sunday.

 "We are not going to Grafton with great expectations," said Steve.

"But they are all in with a rough chance."

Dam, Joyce Rumble was a Group class race bitch winning 19 races and has since become a star broodbitch.

Her son, Louis Rumble, won 31 races for Kavanagh and $261,000.

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