Trainer Stuart Kendrick.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick. Rob Williams

Kendrick hopes Misery can bring joy

HORSE RACING: Some positive signs have Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick confident in Misery's chances of success during a metropolitan meeting at Corbould Park.

The six-year-old gelding will jump from barrier four during a $70,000 open handicap (1000m) today at Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

Along with a solid barrier, he enters the race carrying strong form and has conditions to his advantage.

"He's won two of his last three and drops a fair bit in the weight which is a big thing for him so that's going to definitely help and I think he should get a nice run from there and give us a good sight,” Kendrick said.

"We've had no rain lately and so the track is fairly firm so that'll suit him too and I think he's got a few things in his favour.”

Of Misery's 11 starts on tracks rated Good, he's won four, was runner-up twice and placed third in another.

Kendrick only added Misery to his stable last month but has since enjoyed plenty of success with the gelding winning two of his past four races and placing in another.

There's obviously some good opposition with a few of the Sydney trainers sending horses up here lately and they're always hard to beat but he's in good form and I'm happy with the horse. His work on Tuesday was really good so he should run well,” he said.

Betting agency Ladbrokes had Misery listed as third favourite ($12) behind Prompt Return ($7), Hi I'm Back ($6.50) and Dal Cielo ($2.05) yesterday afternoon.

Misery won't be Kendrick's only runner today, with the trainer fielding three-year-old filly Don't Doubt Lara, Spur Le Jouer and Hingus Rose in action.

"Hingus Rose won her last start but has plenty of weight with 59kg and bit of an awkward gate but she is a very tough filly and has been racing well,” he said.

Kendrick was wary whether the 1000m distance would suit Don't Doubt Lara but, regardless, was confident the horse had a bright future.

"She is a nice filly and won a trial the other day in preparation for this racing prep and she's by Not A Single Doubt who is a very good sire and I have a lot of luck with him as a stallion so hopefully she can improve off her last preparation and be a nice filly going forward,” he said.

Coast trainers Gary Duncan, Trevor Miller, Garnett Taylor and Stewart Mackinnon will also have horses in action on the nine-race card today.

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