KENDRICK Racing Caloundra Cup Day had some extra gloss for the stable when it saddled up a double.
Sunshine Coast specialist Tarzan got the afternoon off to a good start when he won the second race, a Kendrick Racing quinella, with stablemate Misery finishing second.
Promising three-year-old Tambo's Mate then brought the curtain down on a wonderful afternoon, winning the last race. Another stable runner again featured in the placings, with Winter Passage running on well from well back to finish third.
The success shone a spotlight on Kendrick Racing, which was the naming rights sponsor for the meeting's major race, the Caloundra Cup.
"Our stable has gained plenty of publicity since winning the naming rights to the Cup and that continued today,'' Kendrick said.
"It was also terrific that we capitalised on that with some success on the track,'' he said.
"Tarzan is a stable favourite and he is the Sunshine Coast 1000m track record holder, so it was great to see him win. Tambo's Mate is an exciting horse and it also pleasing to see him make it two in a row."
Tarzan ($4.40), ridden by Luke Tarrant, led all the way in Open (1000m) to win by three lengths, despite a big weight on the heavy 10 track.
"I was a little bit worried on the turn,'' Kendrick admitted.
"They sort of kicked up inside him, but Luke knows him pretty well, and when he gave him a little squeeze he just accelerated great,'' he said.
"He is better on a firmer surface, but I think the big key is he just has to get balanced and that's why he loves this track.
"Around the tight, turning tracks on the wet he struggles to get around them. But on the big track he can get his footing and once he balances up he's happy."
Tambo's Mate ($2.70-fav) won a QTIS 3YO (1200m) by a length.
"He's a nice horse. He's always shown us plenty,'' Kendrick said.
"Credit to Dalan Tamblyn who bred him. He's been very patient with him and looked after him early days (when) he had a few issues, and its paying rewards for him know."
Kendrick said Tambo's Mate was still a work in progress.
"He still gets a bit warm beforehand, a bit bouncy,'' he said.
"But I think the more he races, the better he'll get."
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