Big weekend ahead for Kennewell

28 July 2021 02:06:57 GMTPlus10
Barragunda will be in action at Moonee Valley.

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell will send four of his most promising horses to the races for the final day of the season on Saturday.

Barragunda will head to Moonee Valley, where he will step up in trip to 1500 metres for the first time in a three-year-old handicap.

"He's a horse that's bred to get over further, even though he's by I Am Invincible, on the dam's side there's plenty of staying prowess, so we're hoping that comes into his favour on Saturday over 1500," Kennewell told

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Alongside Barragunda at The Valley will be two juveniles, Abseiler and Direct. Both horses have gone on to win respective jumpouts at Caulfield in the build-up to their first-up runs.

"Abseiler's a bit like his old man, he's not big, but he tries hard, he gives you everything that he's got and I think we've seen that in his first preparation," Kennewell said.

And of Direct, the trainer said: "He's a promising colt that I've got a lot of time for, he's a son of Siyouni, who has taken all before him all over the world with his progeny."

Adelaide also on the agenda

Kennewell also sends Esta La Roca to Adelaide for the Lightning Stakes. The filly won first-up before going on to finish second in a 1000-metre Caulfield handicap on her latest outing.

"I thought she ran really well," Kennewell said of that latest effort. "Since then, we've backed off, freshened her up, she had a quiet jumpout last week where she was terrific.

"She has no problems in the wet going, we're really looking forward to it and Jake Toeroek takes the ride on Saturday."

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