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Triple Crown’s 3YO gelding Kentucky Fireball (Northern Meteor ex. Lady Gretchen (NZ)) prevailed to win the Affinity Electrical Technologies Handicap (1300m) at Canberra on Saturday for trainer Nick Olive.

Ridden by Brendan Ward, the handsome son of current Australian Second Season Sire table leader, Northern Meteor, overcame a tough run in transit when caught three deep upon jumping from the outside barrier. Facing the breeze the entire trip Kentucky Fireball then mustered in the straight, overcoming his rivals and finding the line well, a half a length in front.

(Race footage: Thoroughbred Park)

At only his fourth start for Olive, Kentucky Fireball has placed on two other occasions and added in excess of $14,000 prizemoney to his Triple Crown owner’s pockets on Sunday.

He has come through the run in terrific order and will most likely be kept to 1300m at his next race start, the Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1300m at Canberra on Friday, 4 April 2014.

Kentucky Fireball was an Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase by Chris and Michael Ward from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft, and belongs to the first crop of ill-fated young sire Northern Meteor. He also hails from the family of successful New Zealand based sire, Keeper, and Top Australasian 3YO of 2008-09, Metal Bender, suggesting that he may be one to watch as he gets up over further ground in the future.

Congratulations to all connections!