THE disappointment of Divine Centuri having to forego a start in Brisbane on Stradbroke Day was eased when the two-year-old filly made a winning debut at the Sunshine Coast.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick had been hoping to start the impressive trial winner in the Lancaster Stakes at Doomben but opted for the easier Caloundra assignment after she drew barrier 12 in town.
"Connections would have loved to have a starter at Doomben on Stradbroke Day but agreed we had to do the right thing by the filly,'' he said.
"Taking on more seasoned horses in listed company from a wide draw was just too much an ask this early in her career."
The decision paid off when Divine Centuri won her first start in a race in a 2YO Maiden (1200m), giving the stable the first of three winners at Caloundra that day.
Wins to Kariega in the next and Spur Le Jouer later in the afternoon completed the treble on Saturday, June 5.
Divine Centuri ($4), ridden by Daniel Griffin, raced just off the pace in third and fourth before looming large at the 200m.
Leader Falloch ($3.60) tried to hold the I Am Invincible filly off but she got the upper hand and won drawing away by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
"It was a very professional win and I think it will be a strong form race,'' said Kendrick.
"At its only previous start Falloch had finished a half-length second on the Gold Coast to Sagaronne, which finished second in the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Doomben."
Kendrick said a listed 2YO (1400m) on Tatts Tiara day at the Gold Coast might be an option for Divine Centuri but he would have a good chat with jockey Griffin before making a decision on which way to head.
Kariega's win in the next, a Class 2 (1200m), was also impressive, storming home from a long way back to score with plenty of authority.
Ridden by Brad Pengally, Kariega ($5.50) made it two wins from two starts this campaign, winning by two-and-three quarter lengths.
The four-year-old gelding sprinted well fresh to win a Class 1 (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast first-up on May 24 and showed that was no fluke on Saturday.
Spur Le Jouer ($3) won in even easier fashion in a Class 1 (1400m).
Ridden by Bobby El-Issa, the Jet Spur three-year-old enjoyed the step up in distance at his third start this preparation, winning easily by three-and-a-half lengths.
The Darby Racing colt, which tackled listed company in the Mick Dittman (1200m) first-up this campaign, ran a solid fifth in a 3YO (1300m) at the Gold Coast last start and was too strong back in grade at Caloundra.
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