Kersleys scoop the pool with Kelvin

Hall of Famer Fred Kersley and his wife Judith started the Belmont winter season in style when their talented homebred Kelvin won the Western Racepix Plate (1300m).

Saturday’s victory was a special result for the Kersleys besides scooping $79,800 in prizemoney and Westspeed bonuses. Kelvin is by Yarradale Stud sire Heritage who is a half-brother to the Kersley-trained all-time great Northerly.

“I do like this little bloke and it’s especially pleasing to have that link with Northerly,” Kersley said. “He’s got a future over a mile next season and will probably have one more run before going out for a spell.”

Kelvin (2g Heritage – Sheer Royalty by Viscount) was given the run of the race by apprentice Jade McNaught before sprinting clear for a comfortable win over Rocky Path (Therock) and Red Can Man (Gingerbread Man).

He had earned minor black-type when placed behind Tinsnip and Specialism in the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes in April and benefited from a soft hit-out at Lark Hill last week. “Fred had him nice and fit first-up,” McNaught said. “And he really impressed me winning that trial on Monday.”

Kelvin is also related to Northerly on the bottom-half of his pedigree. His third-dam Cannon Song (Rory’s Jester) won stakes races at Flemington and Sandown and she is a half-sister to the dam Northerly.

Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers was part of the syndicate that raced Northerly and he stands Heritage for a $4,400 service fee.  The son of Danehill champion Flying Spur has sired 31 individual winners of 102 races and is based at the Gidgegannup farm alongside War Chant ($11,000), Bradbury’s Luck ($4,400) and Gingerbread Man ($4,400). All fees (inc GST).