Stuart Kendrick is confident he has put everything in place to give Tambo’s Mate, Star Of Michelin and Way Beyond their chance to overcome distance obstacles at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Kendrick is attempting to pull some rabbits out of the proverbial hat with the trio, who are all dropping sharply in distance relative to their recent racing.
Tambo’s Mate has been a flag-bearer for more than 12 months. He hasn’t been seen since struggling at Eagle Farm over 1400m on January 2 and now with 28 days between runs, he’s back to his home track 1000m.
“We stepped him up in trip trying to qualify for the Magic Millions and while I thought his first two runs back were excellent, he didn’t have much luck next time at Doomben and then at Eagle Farm he overraced and wasn’t comfortable at all,” Kendrick said.
“He has won over 1350m, so he can get it, but I think he’s a better horse over the short trips. Especially as he’s got older, he appreciates being nice and fresh.
“So we’ve backed right off him, put him on the water walker, given him an easy time of it and he’s shown on the track he’s nice and sharp.
“He hasn’t drawn a double figure barrier for a change, the sting out of the track will suit and I’m hoping he can sit third or fourth and get his chance.”
Star Of Michelin was also seeking a Magic Millions entry, but things didn’t go to plan and after runs over 2000m, 2150m and 1800m, he’s back to 1600m where he’s been most effective.
“Last start he got a squeeze at the start and was out the back. He still worked home solidly, but was no chance giving them that sort of start at the Coast.
“He seems to go good for Sheriden (Tomlinson), who has been able to get him to settle closer and his work has been really good.”
Similarly, Way Beyond is back from a failed tilt over the 2200m Grand Prix trip to the mile, where he won at four starts ago.
“He went out to our farm after that, had a nice easy week in the paddock, had a nice 1000m jumpout on Monday and went really well,” Kendrick said.
The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is promoting tomorrow’s event as a big family day.
SCTC Chief Executive John Miller said the lawn area will be home to a number of food trucks, pop up bars, DJ and kids activities, including rock climbing and a jumping castle.
Admission is $20, but a pre-purchased ticket online for $25 will get you entry, a drink on arrival and a burger.
Originally published asStu’s Way Not Beyond Stable trio
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