Kenedna enhanced her reputation as arguably one of Australia’s most valuable racemares after adding a second elite-level victory to her growing record when landing yesterday’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
The five-year-old was the beneficiary of a patient, rails-hugging ride by expatriate Irishman John Allen, with the win also providing trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace with their third Group 1 of the season.
“I love coming up to Queensland,” Maher said.
“It’s a great time of year to get out of Victoria and get a bit of sun on your back – I’m just rapt to be able to train a horse of this order.
“Johnny Allen’s ride was unbelievable – when a lot tried to pull out early he just waited and pushed the button up the fence.”
Maher and Eustace inherited Kenedna from the now disqualified Darren Weir earlier this year and won the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) with her at Randwick in April.
In between, Kenedna was unplaced in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m), but Maher attributed the seven and a half-length defeat behind Doomben Cup runner-up Life Less Ordinary to the Heavy 10 surface.
Kenedna won her second Group 1 by three quarters of a length over Life Less Ordinary, with Sixties Groove a long-head away in third.
New Zealand-owned Shillelagh, the mount of James McDonald, started favourite for the race and finished a creditable sixth while the other New Zealand-owned mare, Savvy Coup, only managed to beat two others home in 14th.