Courtesy of www.kendrickracingstables.com.au
TWO of Kendrick Racing's former top two-year-olds handed the stable a gutsy city double on a heavy track at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, June 12.
Massuri, now a four-year-old, is Rockhampton Cup bound after kicking off the double in a Fillies and Mares Benchmark 80 (1500m).
Ridden by Adrian Coome, Massuri ($4.60) ran down favourite Danyme ($3.60) to win by a half-neck.
Kendrick and Coome then combined to complete their doubles when Avaladyluck produced a similar effort first-up in a QTIS 3YO (1200m).
Coome switched back to the inside after being held up for a run in the straight on Avaladyluck ($5), having her first run since January, and she hauled in Swingin' Dazzler ($18) close to the line.
Kendrick was confident both horses could run well and was unperturbed by the heavy (9) rating of the Eagle Farm track.
"Massuri won a big race when she was a two-year-old in Townsville on a heavy track, coming from last, so I knew she'd relish the conditions,'' he said.
"Avaladyluck's form showed she'd been unplaced at one start on the heavy but that run was in a good race in Townsville where she was slow away and flashed home for fourth."
Massuri, which has won more than $212,000, is now set to start in the Rockhampton Cup (1600m) on June 22.
"I said to Adrian before the race if she won I'd like to have a go at the Rocky Cup with her,'' Kendrick said.
Massuri had shown her liking for the mile at her previous start, finishing second in the Sunshine Coast Oaks.
Avaladyluck, a winner of more than $166,000, will now chase a metropolitan win after scoring her third career with from eight starts.
"If she pulls up okay she'll go to a 3YO QTIS race in town on Tatts Tiara day,'' said Kendrick.