Trainer Stuart Kendrick hopes to convert his best season to date into more black-type winners starting with Divine Centuri at the Gold Coast.
Kendrick brought up his 70th winner for the season last week and is currently second on the Queensland premiership behind Tony Gollan.
He has gradually built up a top team including Divine Centuri who gets the chance to score her second stakes win in Saturday’s Listed Silk Stocking (1200m).
Kendrick has always had a huge opinion of the now four-year-old mare whose career has been dogged by injury.
“She has had two knee operations which is why she is relatively lightly raced. She looked like being top flight when she won the Mick Dittman Plate against a top field last year,” Kendrick said.
“She was so impressive that we entered her for the Doomben 10,000. We really thought she had a chance because it was a year when the field was small.”
“But she went wrong and we had to scratch her.”
Kendrick trained in Brisbane in the early 1990s before returning to his north Queensland home.
“When the government turned the northern race circuit into a TAB one we decided to go back to Mackay for a few years,” Kendrick said.
“I had a good filly named Doubtfilly who ran fourth in the Golden Slipper and we decided to give her every chance by coming back to the Brisbane area.”
That was four years ago and Kendrick has since trained more than 300 winners from his Sunshine Coast stable.