By Glenn Davis
In-form trainer Stu Kendrick is hoping his winning momentum can continue at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Kendrick has trained 11 winners from his past 50 starters including a metropolitan double from Tarzan and Tambo’s Mate at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
Kendrick, winner of the past six trainers’ premierships at his home track at the Sunshine Coast, has six entries in five races at Ipswich.
He dual accepted with the promising I Dream Of Green in the Class Five Handicap (1350m) and the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m) but looks set for her to tackle stablemate Buffy in the Benchmark race.
Kendrick’s other runners are High I Cue in the Maiden Plate (1666m), Masstoo in the Class Three Handicap (1666m) and Stepped In Paint in the Class One Handicap (1100m).
Kendrick is again a runaway leader in the Caloundra trainers’ premiership and is currently second in the Brisbane metropolitan premiership with 13 wins and is second in the Queensland trainers' premiership with 28 wins.
Kendrick is leaning to I Dream Of Green taking on her stablemate Buffy in the Benchmark race despite a better draw in the Class Five Handicap.
“Her owners were keen to stick to 1200 metres rather than go to 1350 metres again and they were keen for Stephanie Thornton to ride her after she won on her three starts back,” Kendrick said.
“It’s a tough race and I can’t separate them."
I Dream Of Green won twice and finished second in her three starts before finishing 11th to stablemate Tambo’s Mate at Eagle Farm on October 12.
“I Dream Of Green was disappointing last time and didn’t finish off her race for some reason,” Kendrick said.
“Buffy won well at the Sunshine Coast last start and like I Dream Of Green has been working well since but there’s a chance she could go to a Class Five on Melbourne Cup day instead of this.”
Stepped In Paint is up against a strong field spearheaded by the Steve O’dea-trained The Wild One but Kendrick believes she has a bright future.
“If she can win this, she’s capable of putting a few wins together,” he said.
“She hasn’t raced for a while but she’s had a soft trial and has got some ability.”
Kendrick expects a better performance from Masstoo who won first-up on his home track last month before a last start fifth to the Kelly Schweida-trained Park Chinois at Eagle Farm on October 12.
“He won well first-up but he was a bit disappointing when he led last start and will go better if he can take a sit and be just off the pace somewhere,” he said.
Racing Queensland webnews October 29