A TREBLE, headlined by an impressive win by Masstoo, was the perfect tonic for Kendrick Racing following a frustrating metropolitan meeting the day before.
The stable had three minor placings at Doomben, including a second and third with I Dream of Green and Eric the Eel in a blanket finish in the same race, before the luck turned at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, September 29.
A win to Clever Miss, in which the stable saddled up the quinella with Chevy Nova finishing second, kicked the afternoon off before Masstoo and Copwriter completed the treble.
Masstoo's effort in winning a Class 1 (1400m) was the pick of them.
Ridden by Matthew McGillivray, Masstoo, well backed to start $2.90, was full of running in winning by a length.
"He's always shown us plenty,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"We were a little bit disappointed there a few weeks ago he got scratched - he got kicked behind the gates - and we thought he could probably win that day,'' he said.
"He's a lovely horse and hopefully he goes on from here."
Kendrick said the instructions to McGillivray were fairly straight forward.
"I just said he's fit, we've done the work, he trialled nicely on Tuesday with Eric the Eel. He's going to be a horse that will probably run 2000, so I said he's fit and hard, let's roll forward and make them catch us."
Clever Miss's win came in a 3YO Benchmark 65 (1000m), when she flashed home down the outside late to edge out Chevy Nova.
Ridden by Tegan Harrison, Clever Miss ($3.50) got up in the final bound.
"Clever Miss has a mind of her own but plenty of talent,'' Kendrick said.
"She still did plenty wrong but won like a good horse. We'll target a QTIS fillies race in town now and hopefully get Tegan to stick with her."
Copywriter's win in a F&M Benchmark 65 (1200m) was well-deserved.
Ridden by Michael Cahill, she started $2.05 favourite and won well when let go in the straight, despite lumping 59kg.
"She had no luck last week (when second over the same course and distance),'' Kendrick said.
"Michael said he probably learnt a little bit out of the run last week,'' he said.
"He just nursed her (today). She's a big strong girl.
"She had to go up four-and-a-half kilos...so it was a bit of an effort and she's done the job well.
"She's been one of those horses and never really had much luck through her whole career. Hopefully she'll get a bit over the next couple and get another win in town."
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