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SUNDAY: October 27, 2019: IT may have been a Maiden Plate at a non-TAB meeting, but it mattered little to Mitchell and Desiree Kearney.

The Hawkesbury training couple got a real “kick” out of winning at Mudgee yesterday with $1.70 favorite Heza Gentleman, ridden by their apprentice Zoe Connally.

Who could blame them? Heza Gentleman is the first foal of the Hard Spun mare Silk Spun, who provided Mitchell Kearney with his first victory when training in his own right, at Hawkesbury on July 20, 2014.

He had been training for little more than a year, and Silk Spun was the solitary horse in his stable at the time.

Heza Gentleman, a three-year-old by Nicconi, was having only his fifth start and bolted home an easy winner from another Hawkesbury runner, Terry Croft’s Dan ($4.80).

“It was a special thrill to win with the first foal of Mitch’s first winner,” Desiree Kearney said today.

“We took Heza Gentleman there to give him a confidence builder, and feel sure he can go on with it now that he has broken through.

“All the people who raced Silk Spun, including family and friends, some of them whom Mitch grew up with, are also in this horse.

“That made the win even more special.

“We also have Silk Spun’s second foal, a half-sister by Dane Shadow to Heza Gentleman.”

Heza Gentleman was the Kearneys second winner this season. They also scored with Quick Spin at Goulburn on August 12.

. Mitchell and Desiree Kearney have recently relocated to another stable at Hawkesbury.

“We moved to a bigger barn to enable us to expand,” Desiree Kearney explained. “We have 16 horses in work and that number soon will increase to 20.”