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Time For War primed for battle after minor setback

Stuart Kendrick has his eyes on Queensland’s big sprints with Time For War. Picture: Bren

Stuart Kendrick has his eyes on Queensland’s big sprints with Time For War. Picture: Brendan Radke Source: News Limited

STUART Kendrick feels Time For War is a genuine Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap contender despite an unfortunate mishap for the smart colt.

The former Gerald Ryan galloper will head to the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday after being scratched from the Group 1 BTC Cup last weekend.

A wrenched joint ruled the sprinter out last weekend but trainer Kendrick insists plans remain on track after a brilliant trackwork gallop on Tuesday morning.

Time For War competed admirably in Brisbane last winter, downing Brazen Beau in the BRC Sires before finishing sixth in the J.J. Atkins.

Kendrick found it hard to watch the BTC Cup last Saturday.

“I thought he would have been in that race up to his ears, especially when the favourites (Our Boy Malachi and Srikandi) didn’t fire,’’ Kendrick said. “I keep going over it in my head and I am sure he would have been very competitive.

Time For War missed last weekend’s BTC Cup due to injury. Picture: Simon Bullard

Time For War missed last weekend’s BTC Cup due to a wrenched joint. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: Supplied

“It wasn’t great timing that he wrenched his joint but he certainly wasn’t lame or anything and the vet has checked it and he is fine.

“He goes into the Glasshouse now and, all being well, he will win that and then go onto the Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke.’’

Transferred to Kendrick after the colt’s managing owners Darby Racing split from Ryan, Time For War has impressed since joining the Sunshine Coast stable.

He fought on well behind Nostradamus in the Gold Coast Guineas and jockey Jim Byrne plans to make the most of the colt’s high cruising speed in the Glasshouse.

Kendrick would love to make it successive Stradbrokes for Sunshine Coast trainers after Natalie McCall’s success with River Lad last year.

“The Stradbroke is the plan and he’ll be very well weighted in that race compared to the Doomben 10,000,’’ Kendrick said.

Jim Byrne will ride Time For War on Saturday. Picture: David Martinelli

Jim Byrne will ride Time For War on Saturday. Picture: David Martinelli Source: Supplied

“It doesn’t happen too often that you get a really good horse like him transferred to your stable, so I really want to replay the faith of the owners.’’

Kendrick has several other runners at his home Sunshine Coast track on Saturday including improving juvenile filly Banda Spice in the Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic (1200m).

Banda Spice blew her rivals away in her last start on the Sunshine Coast and Kendrick is keen for her to be ridden well back in the field.

“She is a lovely filly,’’ he said. “A couple of times when she has raced in Brisbane, she has been too far forward and that hasn’t allowed her to just quietly get through her gears and finish off like I know she can.’’

Originally published as Time For War primed for battle

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Posted May 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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