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By Glenn Davis
Trainer Bill Kenning is hopeful veteran sprinter Beau Jet can overcome a distance doubt when the gelding attempts back-to-back wins at Townsville on Tuesday.
Beau Jet showed there was still plenty of fight left in the old boy when he scored a resounding victory over 1000 metres at Townsville On September 17.
He was ridden by apprentice Marnu Potgieter on that occasion but Brad Pengelly is set to renew his association.
Now a nine-year-old, Beau Jet will attempt to notch up his tenth win in 41 starts when he tackles the Open Handicap over 1200 metres.
Beau Jet steps up to the 1200-metre trip for the first time since June, a distance he has had limited success over.
From 11 previous attempts, Beau Jet has been successful only once, when he won narrowly at Cluden Park in October 2018.
“He’s had two quick runs at Cairns and Townsville but generally he can’t get 1200 metres,” Kenning said.
“He’s a bit suspect at 1200 as he had a breathing problem and had a throat operation as a young horse.
“But if ever he’s going to run 1200 metres, tomorrow is his best chance.”
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Beau Jet has made a remarkable comeback after being written off as a racing proposition more than three years ago.
He started his career in Brisbane with Steve O’Dea and looked to have had a bright future winning four of his first five starts, including two in the metropolitan area.
However, he was plagued with feet problems and after breaking down at Doomben in January 2017, and his career was thought to be over.
Kenning took over training Beau Jet after his previous owner Adele Keenan leased the gelding to him.
Since entering Kenning’s stables in Townsville, Beau Jet has found a new lease of life in north Queensland.
“He had been in a paddock for nearly two years as the vets thought he would never race again,” Kenning said.“He rarely sees the track until race days,” Kenning said.
“I take him to beach nearby and it’s just like having my own water walker.”
Beau Jet had his first start for Kenning in July 2018 and has since gone on to win five times from 21 starts.
Beau Jet’s chances of rare win over the distance improved with the scratching of topweight Windmill Lane, who scored a brilliant first-up win over 1200 metres at Atherton on September 19.
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