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Champion Thoroughbreds | Champion Thoroughbreds News 57496 No Cover No Worries For Kenichi At Wagga

No Cover, No Worries For Kenichi At Wagga

Wed, Jan 17, 2024

No Cover, No Worries For Kenichi At Wagga
Kenichi proved too good for his rivals at Wagga on Tuesday despite racing without cover from a wide draw for majority of the race. The big striding son of Maurice was second-up after an extended break after sustaining an injury during a race at Goulburn in July last year. 

Jumping from barrier 12, jockey Jean Van Overmiere took his time in trying to get across and find cover which only eventuated momentarily, leaving Kenichi exposed for much of the 1300m journey. 

"I gave him a push out the gates just to be a little further forward than what we were last start" Jean commented after the win. "Early on I thought, if we are four or five wide then so be it, but i wanted him further forward and in a nice rhythm. It worked out perfectly in the end, he accelerated nicely down the straight and proved too good."

Kenichi was purchased for $60,000 from the Melbourne Premier yearling sale from the Arrowfield Stud draft in 2021. He has taken a long time to mature into his big frame and has been perfectly managed by his trainer Danielle Seib and regular rider Gabby, who did the strapping honors at Wagga on Tuesday. 

He looks set for a progressive preparation after notching his second win from his eighth start and should improve further as he steps out in distance.

Congratulations to his team of owners  2021 1in5 Club, Mr J D Kennedy, Mr B R Kemp, Mr S Bunt, Mr R Boggian, Mr M W Finemore, Mr J J Dudley, Ms V L Sheils, Ms P Y Tam, Mr G B Lamont, Lotave, Mrs D L Fisher, Mr D Dickson, Fifty Thirty, Mr H Zanner, Mr C A Kiers, Mr G W Chesher, Mr N Blizzard and Mr B Koneski