Multiple Sunshine Coast Premiership winning trainer Stuart Kendrick seldom leaves a home track meeting without a winner and Saturday was no exception with the stable saddling two winners … Star Of Michelin and Way beyond … on Sunshine Coast Cup day.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick offered his assessment of his two winners:
On Michelin Star:
“Each time Sheriden (Tomlinson) has ridden him, he has got him out and he has put him up on speed. He has just got a knack at getting him out,” said Kendrick. “The frustration last time out at the Gold Coast was he was just nowhere in the race because he was so far out the back but, for whatever reason, he seems to love Sheriden. He gets going for him and puts himself into the race.
“He is a big horse. He is probably nudging … getting close to seventeen hands. He just needs to balance up. Coming around the turn they sprinted on him and he got left a touch but, to the horse’s credit, he dug in deep.
“He is one of those horses that does love Eagle farm as well so maybe we target something there.”
On Way Beyond:
“I just don’t think he got the trip when we tried to get out to the Grand Prix (2200m) and his two runs before that were excellent. Back to 1600m … a good result,” said Kendrick.
“We freshened him up. We’ve got a little farm there up the road. He ate grass for a week … went on the treadmill and just enjoyed life a little bit.
“We gave him a jump-out on Monday. He went really well in that and that just topped him off nicely.
“It was great to get that win because we sort of targeted the race after his last run, so it was a very satisfying result.”