Good one Lordy and Matt

D'Llaro (Matt Gillies) on his way to winning the K. S. Browne Memorial Hurdles at Ellerslie today.

D’Llaro (Matt Gillies) on his way to winning the K. S. Browne Hurdles at Ellerslie today.

Matt Gillies bit the hand that feeds when he guided D’Llaro to an upset victory in the K. S. Browne Hurdles at Ellerslie today.

The Awapuni-based jockey got the best out of the 22-1 shot to beat an erratic Sea King, on whom he won the race last year.

Gillies rides extensively for Sea King’s trainer Kevin Myers and was successful for the Wanganui horseman aboard Crash Bandicoot earlier in the day, as well as stablemates Ngario and Billy Elliot at Wingatui yesterday.

D’Llaro measured his fences well in front and Gillies said he was confident of holding the challenge of Sea King (who hung badly in the run home) at bay with his 6kg pull in the weights.

“He’s as tough as old boots and we had 65kg compared to Sea King’s 71,” said Gillies. “There will be more in store for this horse.”

D’Llaro is trained by his part-owner and former top jumps jockey Graeme Lord, who said victory in the K.S. Browne Hurdle was an emotional one.

“I never rode for the man (Browne), but I did ride against him,” said Lord, who races D’Llaro with the estate of his father, Ivan, and two of his close friends, former jumps jockey John McGifford and highly respected Cambridge farrier Kim Hughes.

D’Llaro has now won nine races, including three over fences, and boosted his prospects for today’s race with a second at Hawera last start.

– NZ Racing Desk.