Kenedna lands second Group 1, Etana wins The Roses

After success with Dubious last week, the party rolled on to this weekend as Keneda claimed her second Group 1 in three starts in the 2000m Doomben Cup.

Connections had set her for this race before she came into our care and the win in the Coolmore Legacy was merely a bonus but after a failed run at the Gold Coast in between, the team still had every faith in her to win her target.

Her usual jockey John Allen gave her another fantastic ride, steering her through the field and up the rail to win by just short of a length.

Trainer Ciaron Maher described the ride as “almost as good as his ride on Big Blue” in the Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool a couple of weeks ago.

“Jonny Allen’s ride was unbelievable, when a lot tried to pull out early, he just waited and pushed the button up the fence,” Maher said.

“I love coming up to Queensland it’s a great time of year to get out of Victoria and get a bit of sun on your back, I’m just rapt to be able to train a horse of this order.

“The owners were going to take her to the breeding barn but thankfully they trusted her with us and I was just in the right place at the right time,

“I thought she was pretty right to go today, she took improvement out of that run at the Gold Coast she was probably in the wrong part of that track and didn’t handle the conditions.”

In the following race, three-year-old filly Etana saluted in the Group 2 Doomben Roses over 2000m.

The filly had been knocking on the door in these nice races for a while, but she finally got a well-deserved black-type win on the board under another superb ride by John Allen.

“This is about the time you want your good fillies to start winning black type races and she’s shown us she’s in that class today,” Maher said.

“We’ll push on to the (Queensland) Oaks and see if she can take that next step.”