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KENDRICK Racing will have its first Melbourne spring runner after exciting three-year-old colt Thief Of Hearts booked a trip south with a dominant first-up Doomben win.
The Show A Heart three-year-old will target the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington after he led all the way in a 3YO (1200m) on Saturday (September 20).
It was only his second career start and his first run since he flagged his ability with a second placing in the listed Dalrello 2YO (1200m) back in May.
"We've always had a good opinion on the horse and had planned the Melbourne trip for this preparation,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said.
"That win vindicates our high hopes for the horse and I'm sure he can be competitive over the Melbourne carnival,'' he said.
"He's nominated for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) but the Carbine will probably be his main target.
"I think he'll just get better up to 1400m and a mile."
Ridden by Damian Browne, Thief Of Hearts ($4) jumped to the lead from a wide gate, controlled the race and gave nothing else a chance, sprinting home in good time.
Browne knows what it takes to win good races in Melbourne over the spring and his post-race assessment of the win suggested the horse can do just that.
It was a race of mixed emotions for Kendrick Racing though, with Thief Of Hearts' stablemate Hazard Bay dumping Glen Colless on the way to the barriers.
The fall delayed the start for 30 minutes, with Colless taken by ambulance to hospital.
"It really was a rollercoaster of emotions,'' said Kendrick.
"We were concerned for the welfare of Glen and the fall certainly put a dampner on the win.
"We wish him the speediest of recoveries."