Kendrick takes Sunshine Coast turf title once again
RACING: With a third Sunshine Coast trainer's premiership from as many campaigns, Stuart Kendrick's got one eye on claiming a breakthrough Group 1 triumph.
The former North Queenslander has dominated since moving to Corbould Park and on Sunday snared season honours for 2015/2016 with 49 winners.
He was 29 wins clear of Robert Heathcote.
"We've had a consistent season. It's similar to last season,” he said. "Because Eagle Farm has been closed the Sunny Coast has seen some of the hardest racing it's had.”
"A lot of those Brisbane trainers were coming up more on Sundays because there was less midweek opportunities down there.
Kendrick has 60 horses in work and is looking forward to seeing Charnley River and Divine Centuri in action again next season.
The former was runner-up in the Group 1 BMW JJ Atkins (1400m) while the latter won the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m).
"We've got a few unraced ones coming through as well so it should be a good season,” he said.
It's a Group 1 win which would be special.
"We had a little taste running second this year so we are aiming to get into those real carnival races,” he said.
"That's what most people strive to do, get into those better races and hopefully we can build on what we did this season.”
Meanwhile, Damian Browne claimed another Sunshine Coast jockey's premiership with 41 wins, nine ahead of Jim Byrne.
"He's the ultimate professional,” Kendrick said.
"He's a very cool and calm jockey. You have a lot of confidence when you put him on and he gives you good feedback when he does ride.”
"He's a world class jockey.”
Kendrick relocated from Mackay in 2013 with some of his horses from the north. It didn't take long to settle in.
"We brought a lot of them down and traditionally North Queensland horses aren't as strong as down here so we did a pretty good job considering where they were at,” he said.
"The good thing is we've had a lot of support from owners and have picked up some really good owners down here.
"We've got a really good client base. That's the key and hopefully that now starts paying dividends because we've worked hared to get those nice horses and I think this year is going to feature the best bred couple of horses we've had.”
Sarah Eilbeck was apprentice hoop of the season with 25.5 wins.