Strapper Leah Kilner with horse Charlee Bear which is racing this weekend.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Strapper Leah Kilner with horse Charlee Bear which is racing this weekend.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Fast filly no match on a slow Doomben track

RACING: Promising Grafton filly Charlee Bear was unable to continue her winning ways at Doomben on Saturday.

The Greg Kilner-trained two-year-old started her career in fine fashion for local connections, picking up wins in her first four on the trot including her last three at Grafton.

Kilner gave the sprinter a chance to prove her value at the weekend in a $60,000 2yo handicap at Doomben but the step up in class has hindered the sprinter.

A soft track at Doomben also stopped the galloper from showing the lightning speed which saw her win by almost five lengths at her last start at Grafton.

Charlee Bear ran in just over two-and-a-half lengths off the leader, narrowly missing out on a placing and finishing in fourth position in what was far from a disappointing metropolitan debut.

Experienced Northern Rivers jockey Kirk Matheson continued his close connection with the filly, saddling up at Doomben after being on the horse at each start of this preparation.

Favourite Charlee Bear is returned to scale by jockey Kirk Matheson after winning Race 1 at the Clarence River Jockey club.
Favourite Charlee Bear is returned to scale by jockey Kirk Matheson after winning Race 1 at the Clarence River Jockey club. Adam Hourigan


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