Courtesy of www.kendrickracingstables.com.au
HORSE and jockey pulled up like they'd been in a world title fight after Doubtfilly's gusty win in the listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday (July 6).
"The win was even tougher than I first thought,'' Kendrick said a day after the triumph.
"She pulled up with a black eye and a swollen front leg,'' he said.
"I think she got hit by another horses, maybe (runner-up) Griffon when it came through."
Jockey Damian Browne was also a little worse for wear after the race.
Already battling the flu, he had injured his leg just below the knee when dislodged from a horse leaving the mounting yard two races earlier.
Doubtfilly's win, her first in listed company, and her last run before heading to the paddock was outstanding.
She jumped from a good gate but copped interference about 200m after the start.
Browne steadied her and gave her a good run to the home turn but she was then held up momentarily in the straight when looking to make her run.
She then hit her normal flat spot near the 200m and looked to be struggling when headed by a horse on her outside and Griffon on her inside.
But she then jumped out of the ground over the last 30m to win a thrilling finish, with horses stretched across the track.
Doubtfilly ($5) edged out Griffon ($7.50), with favourite Benny'sButtons ($3.70-fav) close-up in third.
"It was an outstanding win,'' Kendrick said.
"She's been a fantastic little filly for us."
Connections now have to decide whether to give Doubtfilly a short let-up and head to Melbourne for the spring or opt for a longer spell and target the Summer Series in Brisbane and the Magic Millions.
"It is a nice dilemma to have," Kendrick said.
Doubtfilly's win came after stablemate Avaladyluck finished an unlucky third earlier in the day.
Avaladyluck started $2.40 favourite in a Class 6 Plate (1200m) and lost valuable ground when wide around the home turn before finishing about two lengths from the winner.