Former rodeo rider Lindsey Kennedy believes he has a horse with promise after Das Boss scored a game win in the Keirle’s Pharmacy Class 2 Handicap over 1100m at Wellington on Wednesday.
The ($5.00) pop got out of the gates quickly and bobbed into the perfect position with Roly Saxton aboard.
By the 200 metre mark the duo had too much speed for fast finishing Kembla galloper Vera Lee ($11) and Bathurst horse Above All Else ($8.00).
Kennedy cheered proudly when his filly scored the win by half a length.
“She’s a good filly, she likes the track and this was the perfect distance for her,” the Narromine based trainer who has six horses in work said.
“She was ready to win this and she went great,” jockey Roly Saxton said.
Mr Kennedy said he was enjoying his first year of training.
“I used to ride the rodeo circuit and also did a lot of breaking in of horses but I am enjoying my first year of training especially when you have good owners like the Roseglen syndicate,” Mr Kennedy said.
The $8200 first prize is also a major boost to trainers like Kennedy and while he says it’s a great thing, he is very aware of the stronger presence heading to the bush.
“It is going to get hard for us bush trainers because Sydney and provincial trainers with increased prizemoney are coming to country tracks like Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine,” he said.
“The John Messara stable, for example, is expanding and they are bringing quality horses out here.”
That was the case in the Carinya Bed and Breakfast Benchmark 55 Hcp (1400m) Chip N Chase ($3.75) from the Arrowfield stud syndicate, grabbed Gold Sultan ($9.00) to win by a short half head.
Kody Nestor riding the winner.
“This increased prizemoney does mean we have brought horses from Queensland into the stable and these are running at places like Wellington because the stake is good for the owners,” Messara stable foreman Nigel Bentley said.
“You’ll be seeing a lot from us.”