Courtesy of www.kendrickracingstables.com.au
EVEN connections of the beaten brigade would have found it hard to begrudge Avaladyluck her win at Doomben on Saturday (August 30).
One of the most consistent horses in the Kendrick Racing stable, she scored her fourth career win in the Corona Beach Party F&M Class 6 (1200m).
The five-year-old mare has placed another nine times in her 25-start career, including finishing runner-up seven times, for prize money closing in on $300,000.
Two of those second placings have been in listed in company.
"It was certainly a well-deserved win,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said.
"I don't think anyone can begrudge her that. She was due,'' he said.
Ridden by apprentice Matthew McGuren, Avaladyluck ($4.80) broke through when she got home by three-quarters of a length to Gotitallwrong.
McGuren's claim certainly helped. However, he was only able to claim 2kg of his 3kg allowance.
The second place-getter also had the assistance of the 3kg claim of apprentice Bridget Grylis.
Kendrick praised the ride of McGuren.
"She can be a tricky horse to ride. It is a fine balance between having her close enough to win but also not too close so she's got some in reserve for a finishing burst,'' he said.
"He (McGuren) got it spot on."