Tough two-year-old Kelvin has scored a well-deserved win in the Specialism – Western Racepix Ascot Horse Of The Year Plate (1300m), the opening event at Belmont Park for the season.

It was a special win for trainer Fred Kersley in particular, with Kelvin’s sire Heritage a half-brother to his champion galloper Northerly.

Kelvin had been on the verge of a win, having been placed in the Group 3 WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) on Good Friday.

Jockey Jade McNaught was able to land the gelding in the perfect position from barrier three, stalking the speed set by Red Can Man.

Kelvin let down with an impressive turn-of-foot in the home straight to score a by 1 ½ lengths to Rocky Path and Red Can Man.

The ever consistent Specialism settled outside the leader, but couldn’t quicken and finished fourth.

Kersley said he was proud of Kelvin, but admitted he wasn’t sure where he would be best suited in the future.

“He’s a tough little horse,” Kersley told The Races WA.

“He’s quite an interesting horse because I don’t quite know where he’s going.

“At the moment, I see him as a stayer, but he’s fast enough to be winning as a two-year-old.

“I’m not big on running two-year-olds…I’m looking forward to his three-year-old year.”

Kersley and McNaught then teamed up with Daishio to take out the Nick Troup Birthday Handicap (1000m).

The filly had scored just one win from eight starts prior to today, but proved to be quite the opportunist scorching home along the inside fence to score a by a length to Pastry and Catherine Wheel.

Similarly to Kelvin, Kersley said he wasn’t sure how Daishio stacked up against her fellow three-year-olds.

“I’ve probably placed her badly at different times,” he said.

“I’ve had her all over the shop in terms of distance.

“I think the story was they went too hard early and the leaders got tired.

“She’s a tiny little thing, she’s as brave as can be, but I think as she gets into open age races they’ll find her out.”

Tim Walker