MONASHEE Mountain four-year-old Menacing has broken through for a well-deserved win after finishing runner-up at his past two.
Having his third run back from a spell, the gelding continued his improvement to win a Benchmark 70 (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast at a Friday night meeting on November 28.
Ridden by apprentice Luke Tarrant, Menacing ($2.60-fav) revelled on the heavy (8) track, holding off a late challenge from the Natalie McCall-trained Dugan ($8).
The consistent galloper had resumed with a second over 1000m, beaten two lengths, earlier in the month before again going close with another runner-up effort over 1200m, beaten less than a half-length.
"It was great to see him break through,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"He rarely runs a bad race this bloke,'' he said.
The win was Menacing's third in a 16-start career, but he's also placed seven times, including five runner-up efforts.
He also remains unbeaten in two starts on heavy going.
"He looked hard to beat on form and the heavy rain that came with that bad storm only strengthened his claims on the race,'' said Kendrick.
Two days later Kendrick Racing won again at Caloundra when another of the stable's consistent gallopers Zellaro took out a Benchmark Open (1800m).
Ridden by his regular pilot Damian Browne, Zellaro ($3) scored his second win in his past three runs on Sunday, November 30.
The Darby Racing-syndicated Lonhro five-year-old had broken through over a mile at the Sunshine Coast earlier in the month.
He then finished out of the money, again over a mile, at Doomben but was too strong up in distance and back to provincial company.
It was Zellaro's fifth win in his 19-start career, with another five placings to his credit.