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In-form Kendrick stable chasing another midweek treble

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Stu Kendrick is hopeful two former Sydney cast-offs can go a long way to helping the stable land another midweek treble at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

Kendrick was in superb form at Doomben last Wednesday with a rare city treble from He’s The Deel, Stepped In Paint and Tambo’s Magic.

He has six runners engaged at Eagle Farm but has decided not to run Copywriter and The Administrator in the two divisions of the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m).

Kendrick, who has won the past five Sunshine Coast Turf Club trainers’ premierships, has declared his four other runners all have strong each-way chances.

Boom Rocker spearheads the stable’s hopes in the Maiden Plate (1000m) followed by Star Of Michelin in the Two-Year-Old Handicap (1400m).

Former Sydney tried horses, Raise An Army tackles the Class Two Plate (1400m) while Kilmacurragh runs in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1800m).

“I think all four have sound each-way chances,” Kendrick said.

Raise An Army has been a perennial placegetter for Kendrick since transferring from champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller just over 12 months ago.

The five-year-old has finished second six times and ran third on another two occasions from 10 starts with Kendrick.

A son of multiple Group 1 winner Sepoy, Raise An Army is out of the Group 3 Adrian Knox winning mare Raise.

“He tries hard but just seems to run into a better one each time,” Kendrick said.

“He’s in good form and has a strong chance but I would have preferred a better barrier than the outside.”

Kilmacurragh was formerly trained by Team Hawkes in Sydney winning three times in 20 starts before heading north in February.

The six-year-old son of O’Reilly has missed a place only once in five starts for Kendrick and is coming off a last start third to the Greg Hickman-trained Aristograts in a Class Three (1600m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 16.

“He’s been very consistent without breaking through,” Kendrick said.

“He’s up to a more suitable distance now and also looks a strong chance.

“My other chance Star Of Michelin is a very big horse for a two-year-old and the bigger Eagle Farm track will suit him better.”

Star Of Michelin finished seventh on debut behind the Tony Sears-trained Raging Pole in an 1110-metre maiden at Doomben on June 5.

Racing Queensland webnews    June 25