Kiss The Aviator brings a smile to Amelia Hanrahan’s face

Pacer Kiss The Aviator with Amelia Hanrahan.

If not for young Amelia Hanrahan, long-time maiden pacer Kiss The Aviator would have likely ran his last race a while ago.

Amelia is the eight-year-old daughter of Redcliffe trainer Martin Hanrahan.

The Hanrahans picked up the veteran gelding late last year when he was nearing 70 starts without yet greeting the judge first.

There are not many standardbreds – or thoroughbreds for that matter – that race on past 70 starts without breaking their maiden status.

So when fellow Sunshine State trainer Jonah Hutchinson moved him on, there would have been some questions around if another stable was going to take him on.

The Hanrahan clan did so happily and while he is there to win races as his first job, he quickly become part of the family.

By Jordan Gerrans