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Kiara Davies, who has bravely won a year-long battle with breast cancer, was back in the winners’ circle at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she prepared Medieval Man for his victory in the 2536m Garrard’s Horse And Hound Pace.
The 31-year-old Davies has just resumed as a trainer and Medieval Man was having his third start after a spell. This was her first training success since Medieval Man won at Pinjarra on March 2 last year, just three weeks before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Everything is good and I’m all clear,” she said. “My last chemotherapy was at the end of last August and my last surgery was last December.”
Davies races the four-year-old Medieval Man in partnership with her father Graeme (who bred the gelding) and her elder sister Patrice, and the pacer has shown plenty of promise, with his 56 starts producing 11 wins, 13 placings and $80,244 in prizemoney.
Medieval Man was a $10.50 chance from barrier five, and Emily Suvaljko dashed him forward, three wide, from the start to move to the breeze after 500m, with the $2.35 favourite Lord Rosco setting the pace.
Medieval Man looked beaten when he suddenly dropped back about 400m from home. But he fought back soon afterwards to put pressure on Lord Rosco before getting to the front in the final few strides to win by a half neck from $16 chance Carrera Mach, who was eleventh with two laps to travel and then sustained a spirited three-wide burst from sixth at the bell. Lord Rosco, racing first-up, held on to be third, just ahead of Pierre Whitby.
Davies explained it was typical of Medieval Man that he dropped back in the back straight in the final circuit, saying: “That’s the horse; he drops the bit and then picks it up again. He’s not very big but loves to run. He loves his work and just cruises around in the sand. The harder you work him, the better he goes.”