Coast's leading trainer in action at big local meeting
THE Sunshine Coast's leading trainer boasts three genuine chances at Corbould Park on Melbourne Cup Day.
Stuart Kendrick has won the past three premierships at the track since arriving on the Sunshine Coast from north Queensland the previous season.
And he's started the 2016/2017 campaign in promising form too, at Caloundra and in Brisbane.
He had five winners from Friday to Sunday, including Spring Tycoon, which claimed an eye-catching win in the $60,000 Tiland Construction Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
"It's been a good start to the season. The horses are going well, we've got some nice young ones,” he said.
While the promising three-year-old won't be in action at Corbould Park on Tuesday, Kendrick has high hopes for Patronizing in a 1200m handicap.
"He'll be hard to beat in a small field,” he said.
"We've got Apollo Hope (in a 100n handicap). He won and then was unplaced in town (Brisbane) but then came back to home and ran third last start. He'll be in the finish somewhere and is a good each-way chance.
"And Fast Trick (in a 1400m handicap) won his last start and is a nice horse. He'll give them (rivals) a big shake as well.”
There will be six races on the card, with $10,000 prize money in each.
While the quality of fields may not be the best, connections are keen to be part of the meeting.
"The racing is probably not the strongest but it's all about the day,” Kendrick said.
"It's all about the Melbourne Cup and you'll get a massive crowd and a great atmosphere.
"A lot of owners are really keen to have a runner on Cup day and get to the races and enjoy the day.”