Coolmore success boosts Sydney profile for training team

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Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt) produced a career best performance from her new quarters when she stormed to an upset victory in the G1 Coolmore Legacy S., further boosting the profile of a Victorian training partnership that is making Sydney a top priority.

The 5-year-old Kenedna was formerly prepared by Darren Weir and won the G2 Matriarch S. at Flemington during her spring preparation, but the trainer’s disqualification resulted in the mare relocating to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s Caulfield yard.

They have subsequently expanded to also establish a permanent stable at Warwick Farm and Kenedna’s Randwick victory will serve to boost their Sydney profile.

“This horse has been knocking on the door for a while and she’s been Group 1 placed,” Maher said.

“We thought we would bring her here as the fresh horse on the scene and really target this race and go on to Queensland. She came in great order and a great job by the team.”

“This horse has been knocking on the door for a while and she’s been Group 1 placed.” – Ciaron Maher.

Kenedna was unplaced in the G3 Frances Tressady S. at Flemington in her first run from her new quarters and then came from the tail of the field to run third in the G3 Sunline S. at Moonee Valley. That performance sealed her trip to Sydney and she made the most of it.

She settled well back in the field and, when runners fanned out in the straight, she was into clear air and roared home under John Allen to score at odds of better than 20-1.

Kenedna

Second Legacy

For Maher, it was his second victory in the race having prepared Azkadellia (NZ) (Shinko King {Ire}) to win in 2016, when it was known as the Queen Of The Turf S.

“She was a super horse and this one is not too different,” he said. “It’s great and we haven’t won a Group 1 for a few months. This is what it’s all about.”

Maher also paid credit to the winning ride of his Irish jockey Allen, who regularly rode for Weir and has struggled for opportunities since the ban of his trainer.

“Johnny Allen knows this horse, probably better than I do. He got there right on the line so full credit to him.

“He does plenty of work for me now and there’ll be more off the back of this.”

“He (John Allen) does plenty of work for me now and there’ll be more off the back of this.” - Ciaron Maher

An $80,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale purchase, Kenedna is a half-sister to the G2 QTC Cup, G3 Eskimo Prince S. and G3 Hawkesbury Guineas winner Spill The Beans (Snitzel).

Their dam Miss Dodwell (Falbrav {Ire}) is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner and former Australian Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old Bounding Away (Biscay).

Kenedna also foiled another fairy-tale send off, not one that would have matched that of Winx, but extremely significant nevertheless.

Kenedna pictured as a yearling

Quinton send off

The Ron Quinton-trained Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense {USA}) won the G1 Coolmore Classic three runs back and so nearly doubled her tally at the top level with her trademark late finish earning her a runner-up trophy. She will be visiting Exceed and Excel (Danehill {GB}) later this year.

Stablemate Daysee Doom (Domesday), who won the Coolmore Classic in 2018, finished midfield in what was also her final appearance. She will be visiting Kementari (Lonhro) later this year.

Ron Quinton

“They will leave a huge gap in my stable, I’ve only got a small team. It’s quite a sad day really,” Quinton said.

The addition of blinkers saw Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) finish strongly for third with Miss Siska (So You Think {NZ}) fourth after hitting the front 100 metres from home and Spanish Reef (Lope De Vega {Ire}) recovered well for fifth after a tardy beginning.