STABLE favourite Spur Le Jouer tuned up for a provincial series final at Eagle Farm with a runaway win over a track and distance he loves.
The five-year-old gelding bolted in by four lengths in a Benchmark 80 (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday, December 21.
It was his sixth career win and all of them have been over that distance at his home track.
“He loves the track here,’’ said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
“It was a really satisfying win. He’s always thereabouts and he’s been one of the stable favourites, so it’s always good when you see them do that,’’ he said.
Spur Le Jouer will now contest the $100,000 Summer Provincial Series Final at Eagle Farm on Saturday, December 31.
“We’ve had in our mind to go to that provincial series (final),’’ Kendrick said.
“It’s back at Eagle Farm – wish it was here (Caloundra),’’ he said.
“But Eagle Farm should suit him as long as the track is dried out.”
Ridden by Ryan Wiggins, Spur Le Jouer ($4) wasn’t far off them in the small field and rounded them up nearing the home turn before putting the race beyond doubt.
“The other day (when he finished third) he was three lengths off the second-last horse and the sectionals were incredible that they ran,’’ Kendrick said.
“He flew home but was given an impossible task,’’ he said.
“I said to Ryan, in the small field, dig him out early, have him up there; don’t give them too big a start.
“Get him to the outside and before you get to the top of the straight get him wound up into it because that’s how he loves to race.
“He rode him perfectly.”
The win was the first leg of the double for Kendrick Racing, also winning with Wrapped In Blue a couple of races later.
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