The story of Kenny’s World is quite incredible, the last horse in the paddock picked up for free by a syndicate of small time owners who then went on to change their lives forever.
The story could get even better during the Brisbane Winter Carnival but he’ll need to lift after his first run at Doomben was anything but a fairytale.
The grit and determination usually associated with him was absent and it initially left trainer Graeme Murray scratching his head.
“He raced very ordinary the other day but on the Sunday / Monday he pulled up with a bladder infection,” he said.
“It’d be a bit like us getting up and not going to the toilet, then going to do your daily business.
“He just wasn’t the same horse in the straight.”
They managed to clear up the issue quite quickly and on the expansive track of Eagle Farm they’re expecting to see the horse they know once again when he contests the Group 2 QTC Cup over 1300m.
Murray says the horse is now 100 percent and will be able to adjust to any race tempo.
“He’s a horse that you can put anywhere in the race,” he said.
After his last run it looked like Kenny’s World may be headed towards the spelling paddock and Murray was concerned he’d asked the horse for too much.
“When he first put in that ordinary run we thought we might have just overworked him,” he said.
Now though he’s confident he can still be competitive and there will be no excuses on race day.
“His track work and everything else has been pretty good ever since he got up there,” he said.
It’s not going to be an easy race to win though and infection or not the horse probably needs to find the performance of his career.
“It’s probably the hardest field he’s ever raced against,” Murray said.
“Most have the favourites have drawn out wide though so that’ll open up the race a bit.”
Sincero is the current favourite for the QTC Cup and along with Curtana, both horses are using this race as a final tune up before the Stradbroke Handicap.