LEADING Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick saddled up a double on his home track just days after claiming his third Caloundra premiership in a row.
He teamed up with jockey Damian Browne to win with Sequalo’s Spirit and Raja Ampat in successive races on Sunday, August 6.
Kendrick won the 2016-17 Caloundra premiership with 47 winners – nearly double the tally of his next nearest rival.
“The double was a good way to kick of the new season,’’ Kendrick said.
“It was great to see Raja Ampat back on the big track and show his best,’’ he said.
“And Sequalo Spirit repaid the patience of his owners with a strong win at only his second race start.
“They were two brilliant rides by Damian.”
Three-year-old Sequalo’s Spirit ($2.60-fav) scored a determined win in a Maiden (1200m).
He knuckled down late to nab The Real Spiel on the line by a half-length.
The win followed a promising third on debut in a 2YO Maiden (1200m) at Doomben last month.
Raja Ampat, also a $2.60 favourite, had struggled at Doomben at his past two but revelled back on his home track, despite a big weight.
He saved ground on the rails and kicked strongly on the inside to win a Class 2 (1200m).
Browne said the rail was out seven metres so it was close to the crown and the place to be.
“It certainly enhanced our prospects when they (the leaders) all rolled off,’’ he said.
“With the big weight, he was able to sort of do nothing and get right up behind them and that’s what won us the race.
“He had 59-1/2 (kilograms) and he’s not overly big.”
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