Yard to the Post @ Kensington

Race Day: Kensington on Saturday, 05 January 2019

Apprentices won five of the nine races at Kensington today, strong competition in the junior ranks giving Sydney trainers plenty of choice this summer.

One of the most popular young hoops is 22-year-old Irishman Robbie Dolan, who was surprisingly knocked back for an apprenticeship by Racing Victoria before getting the opportunity in NSW with Mark Newnham. Two winners on the card showed his quality again, including a patient ride on EASY EDDIE (Race 2, picture) and sneaky inside run on favourite GRESHAM (Race 7), his first winner for Chris Waller.

Kiwi Sam Weatherly matched Dolan's two wins on front-runners SWEET SCANDAL (Race 5) and MERCURIAL LAD (Race 9), while Jean Van Overmeire continued his recent improvement with trainer Bjorn Baker's support, controlling the race on the tough SAMADOUBT (Race 6). 

The most impressive win on the day came from Ron Quinton's LJUNGBERG, storming clear over 1,300 metres in Race 4 to win by almost four lengths. Quinton suggested he'd hold back from the pressure of the Magic Millions next week for the three-year-old, a different approach to the Snowden's, who will take their two-year-old HIGHTAIL up north after he qualified by winning the opening race. 

Track Info

ConditionsGOOD 4 to GOOD 3
WeatherFINE, then rain


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Hightail Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 3 58.0
2 Avon River James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 1 54.5
3 Twentyfour Carat John O'Shea Tommy Berry 10 56.5


All too easy in the end for Eddie

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Easy Eddie Joseph Pride Robbie Dolan 6 61.0
2 Intuition James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 56.0
3 Ever So Natural Tracey Bartley Brock Ryan 7 52.0

In The Running

Robbie Dolan took his time on EASY EDDIE to begin with, letting EVER SO NATURAL come across and get the lead at a STEADY tempo.

The Result

EASY EDDIE got through and drove to a strong in, INTUITION (2nd 1.8L) sprinting into it and EVER SO NATURAL (3rd 2.3L) fighting on OK.

The Interest

Too much class from EASY EDDIE who is on his way to black-type now, a horse that progresses into his prep and is reaching new heights this time in. MAPMAKER (4th 5.7L) was a touch keen, got on the heels off the tiring MALAISE (5th 7.8L) and probably just had a warm-up run for a Rosehill race soon.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 La Scopa Matthew Dunn Brenton Avdulla 8 59.0
2 Elegant Ellen Richard & Luke Clarke Robbie Dolan 2 56.5
3 Zardoro Terry Robinson Ms Rachel King 4 53.0


Ron Quinton's class on show with a big win

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Ljungberg Ron Quinton Hugh Bowman 7 56.0
2 Above And Beyond Gary Portelli Jason Collett 11 56.5
3 Botti Chris Waller James McDonald 6 57.0

In The Running

ABOVE AND BEYOND took up the running at a FAIR tempo, LJUNGBERG just behind the leaders moving up 3W on the turn with SURE KNEE stuck out wider with no cover.

The Result

LJUNGBERG (1st) broke right away for a big win. ABOVE AND BEYOND (2nd 3.8L) held on from BOTTI (3rd 4L) chasing home.

The Interest

A dominant win to LJUNGBERG, who won with the bias against first-up and was way too good here. He's going places. Some excuses for SURE KNEE (5th 4.9L) out wider, he probably should have run 2nd. SILENT EXPLORER (9th 11.4L) never looked fully comfortable and dropped out.


Sam produces a sweet ride to win

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Sweet Scandal Chris Waller Sam Weatherley 10 60.0
2 Harmattan James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 6 58.5
3 Gongs James Cummings James McDonald 2 57.5

In The Running

SWEET SCANDAL came across and got control of a FAIR tempo (on the steady side).CHARLAYNE was midfield out wide and OAKFIELD MISSILE was even wider at the back.

The Result

SWEET SCANDAL (1st) kicked and was too strong in the straight, HARMATTAN (2nd 2L) sprinting into the race and peaking late, GONGS (3rd 2.1L) winding up the inside

The Interest

SWEET SCANDAL had the bias, track conditions and tempo against him last start, she got the right run in the lead this time and was simply too strong. THE ART OF THE BAR (5th 2.7L) ready for a break now.


Start to finish for this tough leader

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Samadoubt Bjorn Baker Jean Van Overmeire 6 60.5
2 Poetic Charmer Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 7 57.0
3 Astoria James Cummings Sam Weatherley 1 61.0

In The Running

SAMADOUBT got the lead and set a FAIR tempo with LET'S PARTY MARTY working up on the outside of him. ZIDANE wide no cover at the back.

The Result

SAMADOUBT (1st) knuckled down and fought on best, beating off POETIC CHARMER (2nd 0.8L)) and ASTORIA (3rd 1.2L). REGENT (4th 1.6L) sprinted up and peaked late.

The Interest

SAMADOUBT is racing in great heart this prep, a tough horse that likes to find the rails, roll along and fight hard at the finish. POETIC CHARMER just keeps getting nice rides and Berry did the job again here today. ZIDANE (6th 3.5L) ready for 1500m now after finding the line late.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Gresham Chris Waller Robbie Dolan 3 52.0
2 Sir Plush Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 2 55.5
3 New Universe Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 52.0


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Heart Conquered Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7 58.0
2 Sei Stella Matthew Dale Jay Ford 6 54.0
3 Tessera James Cummings Robbie Dolan 9 61.0


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Mercurial Lad Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Sam Weatherley 15 54.5
2 Tahsin Joseph Pride Robbie Dolan 14 57.0
3 Nicci's Gold Gary Portelli Jason Collett 9 58.5

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