Cranbourne based concession reinsman Kyle Costello produced one of the drives of the day to salute aboard Major Mal in the Gippsland Quarries Pace at Warragul on Easter Sunday.
Pairing up with the Ahmed Taiba trained four-year-old for the first time, Costello drove a brilliant tactical race moving to the breeze with two laps to travel. In doing so he was not only able to control the tempo of the race but also ensured that his main rival Isolation was condemned to a zip-fastener pocket three back on the pegs where he remained as Major Mal sailed home.
Costello (pictured) worked for the Taiba stable for nine months during 2020 before setting up a training operation with his father Brad at the Cranbourne Training Centre earlier this year.
“It was really good to get a winner for a the stable. Ahmed runs a very professional operation and has continued to support me by putting me on his horses. It’s not always easy to get drives for the bigger stables and I’m very thankful,” Costello said.
Entering just his third season of driving, Costello has now recorded 42wins and is undoubtedly one of the most proficient of those reinsmen and women who maintain a concession claim of 5 national rating points.
The Cranbourne connection continued on Cup Day when the Scott Ewen trained Trouble Geiro took out race four on the card, the Full Steam Ahead Trotters Handicap.
Starting slowly but safely from his 20-metre mark, Trouble Geiro steadily worked forward to sit outside Express Yourself in the lead and proved too strong for his rivals in the run home to record his second victory from in recent weeks. The gelding will now accompany his stablemates Bulletproof Boy and Assassinator to the Mildura Cup Carnival this week.
“I’ll enter him for the Trotters Cup and the lower grade trot on the same night and just look at the noms before deciding on which one we tackle,” Ewen told trackside host Rob Auber after the race.
Trouble Geiro has been a consistent money spinner for Ewen since joining his team in May 2020 and continues a current run of success for the stable.
By David Scott
Photo: Courtesy of Warragul HRC