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Hodges to face stewards over drive

01 / 06 / 2011 Article by: Editor
Kalypson Kid (Grant Hodges) leads the Elite field at the bell in Hobart last Sunday night
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LEADING Tasmanian trainer Grant Hodges will face a steward’s inquiry in Launceston tonight over his drive aboard recent Easter Cup winner Kalypson Kid.

Hodges partnered Kalypson Kid in the Elite FFA in Hobart last Sunday night in which the horse led but shifted up the track leaving the back straight the last time allowing stablemate and race favourite Sky Tower to secure a saloon passage run to take the lead turning for home.

Kalypson Kid had shown a tendency to lay out in his races then he first arrived in Hodges’ stable and he also did it in the home straight in the Easter Cup and this was the gelding’s first outing since that race.

Sky Tower ($1.80) had to settle for second in the Elite to outsider Jillaby Rio ($19.10).

Stewards also will inquire into the reason why Hodges did not attend a stewards’ inquiry at the Hobart track last Sunday night despite being requested to do so by stewards.

Hodges has a small team entered in Launceston tonight with Ramblin Cullen and The Detonator his two best winning chances.

The Detonator is first up from a spell in race five while Ramblin Cullen will go around in the last race of eight races.