Charlee Bear makes it three in a row

LOCAL trainer Greg Kilner extracted a revenge of sorts when his promising juvenile filly Charlee Bear maintained her unbeaten record at Grafton yesterday.

Kilner was still smarting over the circumstances of the filly's shock scratching as an odds on favourite at Coffs Harbour on February 12.

Following a vet inspection stewards ordered the filly to be scratched only 10 minutes before the race after she displayed signs of lameness in the near fore.

"Someone rang the stewards and told them she was lame," Kilner claimed. "I told them I would never bring a horse to the races that was sore.

"It didn't matter they scratched her anyway. I blew up. I wasn't happy at all."

Stewards revealed the filly had been reshod on race morning at home and was showing signs of soreness where the nail went into the hoof. The shoe was taken off at the races for inspection of the hoof and the filly was reshod. It was only after she still showed signs of soreness they ordered her to be scratched.

The dramas aside, yesterday Charlee Bear, the $2 favourite, took her record to three wins on end (including a dead heat win at Grafton on January 24) when she strolled home in the Pure Shine Coldstream 2YO Hcp (1000m).

"She's going well isn't she?" Kilner said proudly after the one and three-quarter length win over Dreamalina and the well backed Sweet Missile. "For a $4000 buy she's been pretty handy."

Charlee Bear is raced by Kilner, Charlie Doggett and Vicky Meyer.

She was purchased at a Magic Millions sale and her unraced dam, Baby Angel, is a half-sister to numerous winners including Sportsman.

"She's very well bred on the dam's side," Kilner added. "I think there is definitely more improvement there.

"She's been up for a while but showing no signs of training off. She's just such a good doer. She's still only really 70 per cent right.

"I'll just have to see how she pulls up then decide where she goes next."

Meanwhile, Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is aiming high despite Kebede breaking her maiden status in the Yamba Bowling Club Maiden (1200m).

Dunn, a smart horseman, believes Kebede is an Oaks-type filly.

"I know it's a long way from a Grafton maiden but I've got the Queensland Oaks in mind for her if she can measure up," he said. "She's got her share of ability. We're a long, long way from seeing the best of her.

"As she goes forward especially over more ground, you'll see a nice filly."

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