Battling trainer Lee keeps his chin up
LEE Kiernan had a tough day at Ferguson Park yesterday but he is ready to put it behind him and regroup.
Kiernan had three horses entered in the local races in Gladstone, but victory wasn't to be tasted for any of them.
Run 'em Ragged was scratched for the first race, Base Jump placed last in the fourth and the Adrian Coome-ridden Pipit failed to complete the last race.
It was a day the trainer said he would rather forget.
"It's hard to pinpoint what happened," he said.
"It was my worst day in a long time."
Kiernan said Pipit, like the other two horses, was expected to do well.
"You put it aside and you go again. But you can't help thinking where did I go wrong?"
He said the outcome yesterday might have been due to the lack of trackwork for the horses.
"They haven't had intense training in four weeks so we have just been getting by," he said. "There's no jockeys in town who do (trackwork)."
Throwing the towel in isn't an option for Kiernan, however, who has grown up with horses and worked with them for 35 years.
"We get up at 4am every day to train them and sometimes you think 'why am I doing this?' Then you get days when you win and it's great," he said. "I like doing it but it is hard work."
It's now time for a week off for the horses to recover, as well as Kiernan.
"I am not sure where to go to from now. I am a bit flat, but I'll be right," he said.
"As long as the horses are okay, that's the main thing."
Race 1: Kaputski
Race 2: Camden Queen
Race 3: Craiglea Seal
Race 4: Blaze to Fortune
Race 5: Sialia Magic