Both the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) were mooted as potential spring targets for progressive mare Kenedna after she capped off her finest campaign to date with an authoritative victory in yesterday’s Group 2 P J O’Shea Stakes (2200m) at Doomben.
The five-year-old has announced herself as a proven Group 1 performer this preparation with victories in both the Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) and Doomben Cup (2000m), while she made light work of adding another lucrative stakes race to her burgeoning CV yesterday when accounting for a competitive field under John Allen.
Kenedna seized the initiative with 100 metres to run and finished strongly under hands and heels to deny the fast finishing favourite Sixties Groove by a length and three quarters, with long-time leader Re Edit holding on gamely to finish another head away in third.
Co-trainer Ciaron Maher said Kenedna’s owners were keen for the mare to race on again next season, with the aforementioned Group 1 assignments at the Melbourne Spring Carnival firmly on the agenda.
“The Doomben Cup was her target up here, she won the Coolmore Legacy on the way through, and now this is just a bonus,” Maher said.
“Johnny (Allen) understands her so well. He pushed the button at the right time and she was too good for them.
“We’ll put the cue in the rack now and target maybe even a Caulfield Cup or a Cox Plate or something like that in the spring.”