Day At The Track

Josh Kennett gets an early 21st present

01:28 PM 16 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Josh Kennett - Pictured after his first win with Here's Shifty.

No Birthday present can beat the excitement that Josh Kennett felt when he Quinellaed a race at his local Waimate meeting yesterday.

Kennett, who turns 21 tomorrow, currently has three racehorses in work, all of which competed at Waimate’s annual meeting yesterday. But, while Valmagne’s fifth had plenty of merit, it was the Quinella of Cullen’s Finest and Here’s Shifty in the Amatuer Drivers event that that took centre stage.

“It was a huge thrill to Quinella a race on my home soil,”
enthused Kennett,” who stables and works his horses at the track.

Kennett was expecting a big run from Here’s Shifty and an improved effort from Cullen’s Finest, but even he didn’t expect to get the Quinella.

“I favoured Here’s Shifty, but in saying that I was expecting an improved performance from Cullen’s Finest.

“He had got away on us, and I think we just had him looking a bit pretty, so we have piled the work into him lately.”

“It clearly helped him as it was a good effort to beat the other horse,” he added.

Kennett works on a Dairy Farm in the morning and trains his horses in the afternoon as a hobby. He is also working up a couple of young horses.

“It is something I have always wanted to do, but I didn’t expect to get a trainers’ licence this early,” said Kennett. “I have a trials licence as well, but I am not sure if I will drive raceday yet or not,” he added.

“I will just see how I go at the trials and go from there. Training is my priority at the moment,” he confirmed.

The Kennett pair were assisted by two of the best amateur drivers in the country in Paul ‘King’ Wallace (Cullen’s Finest) and Adam ‘The Adman’ White (Here’s Shifty).

Kennett also paid a big thank you to his father Craig Kennet, who is a trainer, driver, owner, and former farrier.

 “He has taught me a lot and helps me with all the horses,” said Kennett. “At least the shoeing bills are cheap,” he quipped.

Kennet has now trained three winners. His first winner was Here’s Shifty at Forbury Park on the 24th of May.

By Mitchell Robertson



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