Override lights up the Valley

 ELEVEN months after being airlifted to hospital with head injuries following a fall at Kyneton, John Keating rebounded with his first city winner on Override in the Telstra Phonewords Handicap tonight at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Brent Stanley was one of many to congratulate Keating who admitted his recollection of the fall and the first month after it was non existent.
The fall sidelines Keating for more than five months and Override’s success was his 13th winner this season.
Keating regularly rides trackwork for Stanley and his affinity with Override saw him gain the ride in the city.
He noted that Override is a horse who likes to conserve his energy.
“He’s one of those horses who stands around and would rather walk on to the track than trot and canter,” Keating said.
“He’s needed those past two runs to tighten him up properly.”
The 42-year-old praised his partner Desiree who is manager for the work she has done in getting him riders.
“I’m putting in the hard yards and I’m being rewarded,” said Keating who rode in Malaysia for four years then spent time in Coffs Harbor, Cranbourne and Adelaide.
Override, a $12 chance, led throughout to score by one and a quarter lengths from Trevinder, $4.60, with a head to Spartan Warrior, $7.50, third.

Story: Adrian Dunn - Racingnetwork.com.au

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