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A dashing ride from Johnny Allen saw Kenedna slice through the field to claim victory in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) on Day Two of The Championships at Randwick today.

Kenedna, above in blue and white colours, slices through the pack to win the 2019 Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kenedna, above in blue and white colours, slices through the pack to win the 2019 Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kenedna was sent out at the juicy double figure odds odd of $26 but that didn’t stop her from beating a classy line up of fillies and mares in the last Group 1 race of the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Kenedna denied popular mare Dixie Blossoms ($7) retiring on a winning note, relegating her to the runner’s up stall.

In a four way finish, the Chris Waller trained Unforgotten ($10) dashed home for third ahead of the bolter Miss Siska ($41) in fourth place.

Allen settled Kenedna well back in the large field and waited until well into the straight before weaving his way through the field to claim a nose win over the Ron Quinton trained Dixie Blossoms.

“She has been knocking on the door for a while, G1 placed. We thought we’d bring her in here, fresh horse on the scene and target this race and go onto Queensland,” Maher said.

“She came in great order this horse. A great job by the team. That is what it is all about.”

“Nearly forgot Johnny Allen. He knows this horse probably better than I do. He does plenty of work for me. I’d say he’ll be doing a lot more on the back of this.”

The James Cummings trained Alizee was sent out as the $3.80 favourite, was presented at the right time by Hugh Bowman but couldn’t match it with the placegetters and wound up in sixth position, one and a quarter lengths from the winner.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.