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Kendrick is punters best friend at home

By Glenn Davis

If statistics are a worthy guide, then punters should continue to follow trainer Stu Kendrick at the Sunshine Coast twilight meeting on Friday night.

Kendrick has won the past six trainers’ premierships at the Sunshine Coast and is again a runaway leader this season.

Kendrick’s record on his home track this season is second to none with seven wins and eight placings from 22 starters since mid-September.

Normally Kendrick has a sizeable team line up at the Sunshine Coast, but this Friday will see him saddle only two runners.

Buffy, a Dan Griffin mount, tackles the Class Four Handicap (1200m) while Chevy Nova runs in the Class Two Handicap (1000m).

Rabbit Hunter was also an acceptor for the Class Two Handicap but will be scratched after drawing widely.

Buffy, a Rockhampton winner three starts back, finished fourth in a Class Four at the Sunshine Coast on September 15 before a last start second to Trail Of Glory in a 1200-metre Benchmark 70 race at Doomben 10 days later.

The five-year-old has won three of her 20 starts and is a daughter of former Group 3 winner Countess Banchory.

“Buffy should be hard to beat. She won well at Rocky then was an unlucky fourth here at Caloundra,” Kendrick said.

“Her last run when second in town at the midweeks was also very good so she should appreciate the drop back in grade to a Friday night at Caloundra.”

Chevy Nova, a son of Group 1 winning mare Nova Star, has started four times for a win and two placings and is coming off a last start second to Clever Miss in a 1000-metre Benchmark race at the Sunshine Coast on September 29.

“He beat Eric The Eel at his first start in April but it’s taken him some time to come on,” Kendrick said.

“He ran on well last start and he’s at peak fitness.”

Racing Queensland webnews   October 10