Garry Kirkup-Trained Highly Geared Delivers Another Metropolitan Win For Canberra

¬†Canberra trainer Gary Kirkup says he couldn’t believe the price (30-1) when his handy galloper Highly Geared saluted in last Saturday’s BM80 at Rosehill

The win followed hot-on-the-heals of another Canberra–trained longshot victory in Sydney with the Norm Gardner-trained Bootlegging winning a Highway Handicap at Randwick at 66-1 the week before.

Highly Geared had come off a solid first up effort at the Sapphire Coast and Kirkup thought she was one of the top four or five chances at Rosehill.

“I couldn’t believe she was that price,” Kirkup says. “I rated it a pretty even race and the one I was most worried about we beat by a nose.”

Highly Geared has now won twice in Sydney and last campaign took out the Camarena Quality at Canberra.

“She’s a seven year old mare now, but is racing at the top of her game and I will seek out another city race for her."

Garry Kirkup began his training career at a young age at Mike Willesse's Trans Media Park Stud in Cootamundra, NSW.

Throughout his time at Trans Media Park Stud, Garry won races such as the Tristarc Stakes, and the Emancipation Stakes.

He's trained at several venues since but settled in Canberra two-and-a-half years ago and says he’s developed a “good strong team” and is happy with the way everything is going.

“Canberra is an excellent base with terrific facilities and is only three or so hours from Sydney where most of my owners reside.” ¬†

“I have 10-12 in work at any one time and we currently have got some nice unraced young ones that are looking all right. The stable is regenerating which is a good thing."

Kirkup has the former Danny Williams galloper Shout To The Top nominated for the Hawkesbury meeting tomorrow (Saturday) and describes the galloper as “a good handy horse.”

“I’ve only had him for a couple of runs. He had a wind operation and then a bit of a break and won a 64 first up at Goulburn.

“He will win more races and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won a mid-week in Sydney.

“But if the track gets into the heavy range at Hawkesbury he won’t run. He's a duffer on the heavy”