The Village Kid pays worthy respect

Wayne Currall
The Village Kid pays worthy respect

The field gathered for the inaugural running of the $60,000 The Village Kid (1730m), formerly the Celebrity Sprint, at Gloucester Park tonight pays worthy respect to Billy Horn’s champion.

The old bloke was a marvel – 160 starts for 93 wins, 37 placings and more than $2m in stakes – with his pure speed, will to win and ringcraft.

If there was a better pacer plying his trade around Australia during the late 1980s and early 90s then I never saw them.

Speed, something the old warrior was renowned for, will be to the fore in tonight’s scamper.

Santa delivered early for leading trainer Gary Hall Sr at Monday’s barrier draw when his three charges – Hokonui Ben, Toretto and Livingontheinterest – drew one, two and three respectively.

And to make matters worse for rival trainers and opponents, leading reinsman Gary Hall Jr returns to the cart after serving a month on the sidelines.

Unsurprisingly, Junior has elected to rein polemarker Hokonui Ben and will be setting him alight at the start to take full advantage of the rails.