21 – The winning run being enjoyed by Star Thoroughbreds continued at Rosehill
on Saturday with rejuvenated five year-old Kinnersley, an $80,000 Magic Millions purchase from
the draft of Southern Cross Breeders.
The Gai Waterhouse trained son of Al Maher had to survive a lengthy protest hearing, but when all was said and done he retained his half neck win in the Benchmark 75 event over 1300 metres, his first win since January of 2010.
Placed in the Group III Tasmanian Derby at three, Kinnersley was resuming from a long spell, which followed just one run and another long spell, so his return to the winner's list is a noteworthy one.
"What a great training performance!" declared Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds.
"He came in last preparation and just wasn't enjoying himself, so Gai sent him back out and he's come back a winner."
Bred by Ashleigh Thoroughbreds, Kinnersley (pictured as a yearling) is one of three winners from Miss Radiant, a half-sister by Geiger Counter (USA) to Group I AJC Flight Stakes winner Electrique and stakes-winner Caretaker.
His three year-old half-brother by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) was also bought by Star Thoroughbreds and was an impressive winner on debut back in December under the name of Vitellius.
Southern Cross Breeders will present a draft of nine yearlings for the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale starting on Sunday.