New Zealand-born Kyle Stammers had the perfect grounding to launch his training career and picked up the ideal horse to claim his first winner.
With his father a trainer in New Zealand and a sister who rides track work for leading horseman, Paul O’Sullivan and Murray Baker, Stammers has racing coursing through his veins.
Stammers’ broadened his experience in Australia when he linked up with Greg Harper in Perth, Jim Enright in Broome, Tom Pike in Darwin and Paul Smythe in Kalgoorlie.
Seven years after landing in Kalgoorlie, two years since he was granted a trainer’s license and following 20 starts with four horses, Stammers prepared his first victory.
His breakthrough came with I’m Gunna, a talented four-year-old mare, who Stammers races in partnership with his former mentor, Greg Harper.
The daughter of Onemorenomore was having her third career start and first this preparation after two placings at Bunbury and Kalgoorlie last year.
After enjoying a nice run of speed, I’m Gunna, ridden by apprentice Randy Tan, railed along the fence and held on to defeat Mama Bear by a long head.
It might have been just a maiden race and not the highest profile meeting of the Kalgoorlie season, but for Stammers, it will always hold special significance.
“It’s something I will never forget and I was very happy,” Stammers said.
“There was also a sense of great relief as it took a while to get.
“But now the first win is out of the way it becomes harder.”
That challenge arrives on Sunday when Stammers and I’m Gunna take on leviathan trainer, Peter Fernie’s, strong representation in the Mick Pavlinovich Handicap (1200m).
Stub ‘N’ Cow, a last-start winner at Pinjarra, Cleve’s Watching, who broke his maiden status at Kalgoorlie a week ago and Victoria Peak, hold strong winning claims.
Rickie Brown’s, Besannrose, with the blinkers off, will also have her share of admirers after leading from barrier to post and defeating Unwanted Lass by 1 ¼ lengths.
In a field of 10 runners, Im Gunna, has drawn perfectly in barrier four. Emerging young rider, Randy Tan, retains the ride.
“I like her and think she is genuine,” Stammers said.
“There is a bit of size about her and she is a sensible mare.
“I just have to look after her now because she’s had a few feet issues.
“If she is not right I won’t be starting her.”
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