Ironman making up for lost time

17 July 2017

AMANDA RANDO | @Amanda_Rando


WAGGA gym owner Jared Kahlefeldt has had a later start to his harness racing career than most but he has certainly made up for lost time.

The 31-year-old former Ironman and son of breeder and trainer Paul Kahlefeldt, began driving in races this season and has already steered four winners.

His first winner was Hilly which Kahlefeldt will be driving at this afternoon’s Leeton meeting.

Hilly, a gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, has been a special horse for Kahlefeldt.

“I drove my first winner on him and I missed driving him the night he won at Shepparton three starts ago because my baby was born that night,” Kahlefeldt reflected.

“I really enjoy driving him because he always puts in 100 per cent.

“Drawn in five he will be put into the race at some stage and get some cover.”

Kahlefeldt’s father has three horses nominated in that race with Norms Courage (one) and Lettuce Reign (six) also engaged.

The stable is also dually represented in race three and race five today.

Early in the program Kahlefeldt will be driving Lettuce Pray which is up against her stablemate Lettuceonthebeach.

“Lettuce Pray will take cover from barrier one,” Kahlefeldt said.

“She is another that is going well but just needs luck and hopefully we don’t end up three pegs.”

Meanwhile in race five Kahlefeldt will be driving Mach Charm (two) with the other stable runner Iwasinthepool (one) to be driven by Shane Hallcroft.

Mach Charm won six starts ago at Coolamon and needs luck according to Kahlefeldt.

“She was held up badly last start and is going well despite what her form reads on paper,” Kahlefeldt claimed.

“She goes well with a sit so with her draw we’ll probably come out and look for some cover.

“Iwasinthepool has good gatespeed and should lead.”

Kahlefeldt mainly drives for his father and had his first race drive in March this year.

It only took Kahlefeldt five drives to land his first winner.

“I was brought up with the Mini Trots and I was trying to get my licence back driving in trials but then footy (AFL) took over,” Kahlefeldt said.

“I put all my energy into trying to get picked for a club and I ended up doing a pre-season with Sydney but that’s as far as I got.

“I naturally went away from the horses because I went to university and then had work.

“I started driving trackwork again for Dad because he needed a hand and I got the bug back.

“It’s a great thrill to drive in races and I’ve only driven four winners but it’s an awesome thrill to get them across the line particularly when you know all the work that has gone into that moment.”

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