A dashing ride from Johnny Allen saw Kenedna slice through the field to claim victory in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) on Day Two of The Championships at Randwick today.
Kenedna was sent out at the juicy double figure odds odd of $26 but that didn’t stop her from beating a classy line up of fillies and mares in the last Group 1 race of the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Kenedna denied popular mare Dixie Blossoms ($7) retiring on a winning note, relegating her to the runner’s up stall.
In a four way finish, the Chris Waller trained Unforgotten ($10) dashed home for third ahead of the bolter Miss Siska ($41) in fourth place.
Allen settled Kenedna well back in the large field and waited until well into the straight before weaving his way through the field to claim a nose win over the Ron Quinton trained Dixie Blossoms.
“She has been knocking on the door for a while, G1 placed. We thought we’d bring her in here, fresh horse on the scene and target this race and go onto Queensland,” Maher said.
“She came in great order this horse. A great job by the team. That is what it is all about.”
“Nearly forgot Johnny Allen. He knows this horse probably better than I do. He does plenty of work for me. I’d say he’ll be doing a lot more on the back of this.”
The James Cummings trained Alizee was sent out as the $3.80 favourite, was presented at the right time by Hugh Bowman but couldn’t match it with the placegetters and wound up in sixth position, one and a quarter lengths from the winner.
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