Lloyd Kennewell hopes for winning end to season with Sunset Rock in Lightning Stakes   Leave a comment

Lloyd Kennewell hopes for winning end to season with Sunset Rock in Lightning Stakes

“She’s working well and she’s been set for this for race for a while.’’

LLOYD Kennewell hopes to end the 2014-15 racing season on a high when Sunset Rock resumes in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville.

The Morphettville trainer said the smart three-year-old had overcome the problems that derailed her 2014 spring carnival campaign and had been specifically set for the end-of-season feature.

“She’ll be around the mark,’’ Kennewell said yesterday.

Sunset Rock showed massive potential in her two-year-old season, finishing runner-up behind the smart Burgundy Blast on debut before defeating subsequent Group 1 winner Go Indy Go in the Cinderella Stakes at Morphettville last March..

She hasn’t raced since finishing down the track in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes behind Eloping at Moonee Valley last September, when she was found to be suffering with bone chips in her legs.

“She’s a horse who is very talented and showed plenty of ability early,’’ the trainer said.

“Her last two Melbourne runs were very disappointing and X-rays showed she had problems we had to fix and she looks like she’s back on track.’’

Sunset Rock was given a strong workout at last week’s Murray Bridge trials and Kennewell said she would take plenty of benefit from the trip away.

“She did what she had to do in the trial,’’ he said..

“There was bit of pressure in the trial so it was a solid hitout.’’

And despite resuming in a quality race for her first start in almost 10 months, Kennewell said a perfect barrier draw (four) had enhanced her winning chances.

“It looks a high-pressure race but at the same time the barrier draw is very helpful,’’ he said.

Kennewell was in the winners’ circle at Balaklava yesterday, with Grancabrio making amends for a narrow miss at the Gawler metropolitan meeting last time out.

“He’s had a few barrier manners. He tends to hit himself behind so we’ve had to do a fair bit of corrective work on his shoeing,’’ he said.

“He’s got his share of ability. When he balanced up he really flattened out well today.’’

lincoln.moore@news.com.au

Originally published as Lloyd’s Sunset set to shine in Lightning

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Posted July 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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