WITH the winter carnival just around the corner, Kendrick Racing is plotting plans for its top-liners. "We have some nice races in mind for our horses and the new Sunshine Coast base will make it easier to target the rich carnival races in the south-east,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
Doubtfilly, fourth in last year's Golden Slipper, is back and being aimed at some good races over the Brisbane carnival. She finished fourth first-up at Doomben last month under a big weight and her effort first-up since last year's Golden Rose in Sydney was pleasing.
"She struck some interference in the run to the home turn but still picked up and hit the line hard, beaten a nostril out of third,'' said Kendrick."We're looking forward to getting her into some of the good carnival races in which she'll get some weight relief,'' he said. A winner of more than half-a-million dollars, Doubtfilly is heading towards the Gold Coast Guineas (1200m), with her lead-up run likely to be in the listed Weetwood (1200m) on the Toowoomba Cushion tack.
"Those two runs will determine where she heads next, but there are plenty of options for her,'' said Kendrick. Kendrick Racing also has some other three-year-old carnival types in the stable. "Avaladyluck will be aimed at the three-year-old races at the end of the carnival,'' Kendrick said.
"Tambo's Jewel will tackle the three-year-old middle distance races. "Pretty Gully may also be in the mix, depending on how she goes at her next couple."
A new tried horse Elusive King, syndicated by Darby Racing, will head towards the likes of the Ipswich, Caloundra and Rockhampton Cups. The Elusive Quality five-year-old, formerly trained by Peter Moody, has the credentials to do well in Queensland. He has three wins and 11 placings from 27 starts, for more than $255,000 in prizemoney.
Elusive King ran a string of placings in races from a mile to 2000m in Melbourne late last year and early this year. They included a third in the listed Morning Cup Prelude (2000m) at Caulfield on February 2.
Kendrick said another of the stable's good gallopers Lightfeet Lady would be aimed at fringe sprints like the Eyeliner at Ipswich and the Rockhampton Newmarket.