Winning trainer: you ain’t seen nothing yet
HORSE RACING: Stuart Kendrick knows how to make a first impression.
In his first full season at Corbould Park, the 43-year-old stormed to the trainers' premiership, ahead of the likes of Liam Birchley, Len Treloar and Rob Heathcote.
But he's only just getting started.
"We've been pretty active at the yearling sales and bought a lot of good quality horses this year which will hopefully take us into another bracket," he said.
"A lot of the clients have upped their sights a bit and bought some good, well-bred horses so hopefully that pays off during the next couple of seasons."
With more than 40 horses in his Corbould Park stables, Kendrick is targeting a string of two-year-old races.
Meanwhile, Thief of Hearts is being aimed at the $1 million Caulfield Guineas after the colt's impressive maiden outing at Doomben in May, when second in the Listed Dalrello Stakes.
Kendrick also has high hopes for Worthy Cause after his opening three races (one win, two seconds).
Last season was an eye-catching debut at the Sunshine Coast for Kendrick, a former Mackay trainer who claimed five straight trainers' premierships at Ooralea.
"To win the Caloundra trainers' premiership in our first full season here was very satisfying and it sort of justified the move," he said after relocating with wife Trudy and three children.
"Even though it was probably a fairly tough move early in the piece, the kids have settled in really well and are starting to enjoy the Coast lifestyle.
"I actually thought it would take a couple of seasons to get the stock up and the quality of horses up to win the premiership, but a lot of the horses we brought down from Mackay have done the job for us."
Kendrick's star performers on the national stage were Doubtfilly, which placed twice at Listed level and Celestial Dragon, which won two $50,000 races in his first two appearances.
"Having four runners on Magic Millions day was a highlight too," he said.
He lauded the efforts of Corbould Park's premiership-winning jockey Damien Browne, who "had a really good strike rate for us".
STARS OF THE TRACK
Sunshine Coast trainers' premiership 2013-14
S Kendrick 26 winners, L Birchley 20, L Treloar 15, S Mackinnon 12, R Heathcote 12
Sunshine Coast jockeys' premiership 2013-14
D Browne 36 winners, T Bell 29, E Wilkinson 28, M Cahill 28, J Byrne 27