Kent aiming for back to back Ballarat Cups


Domesky is one of two runners in the Ballarat Cup for trainer Michael Kent

Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent is aiming for back to back wins in the $150,000 Ballarat Cup(2200m) on Sunday.

Kent, who won the 2010 Cup with My Bentley, runs Domesky and Red Buttons in the Listed event.

Domesky returned to something like his best with a closing second to Musical Hit  in the $100,000 Antler Luggage Handicap (2000m)  at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.

It came after being freshened when 16th in the Caulfield Cup behind Southern Speed.

“He’s had an indifferent campaign,” Kent said.

“He ran really well first up, ran good second up, was a bit unlucky at the Valley then had no luck at all at Cranbourne, he ran awful in the Caulfield Cup and we freshened him up and he ran well again.

“He’s better with his races spaced so after the Caulfield Cup we thought we’d target this race.

“He’s an interesting horse, he’s got ability, he always gets back and looks unlucky but I am pleased with his condition, he looks well.”

Domesky, whose two wins are a Mornington maiden and the Group 2 2011 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley , will start from barrier six in a Ballarat Cup that has attracted a field of 17 and will be run at 4.12pm EST.

He will be ridden by Brad Rawiller.

Red Buttons will start from barrier three with Dean Yendall in the saddle.

Kent said the seven-year-old had excuses last time out, when an eight-length sixth in the Kyneton Cup behind Lucky Eighty Eight.

“He ran well at Cranbourne in the Moe Cup that wasn’t the Moe Cup and then at Kyneton the track was off on the fence a bit that day and he just got too far back,” Kent said.

“The one thing I’ll say about him is he’s been carrying a lot of weight and he’s getting some nice weight off.

“He’s working well and he looks terrific.”

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X891X79901 ROTHERA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 59kg 104
2 5X060X9600 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Luke Oliver Jamie Mott 2 58kg 102
3 07F2631XL8 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 10 58kg 102
4 3411X99273 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 17 56.5kg 99
5 31488X7140 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys Lincoln Coffey 11 56kg 98
6 4956X00426 RED BUTTONS Michael Kent Dean Yendall 3 55.5kg 97
7 109X573702 DOMESKY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 6 55kg 95
8 123X062420 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy Ms Michelle Payne 1 53.5kg 89
9 40135X4002 STOLE (NZ) Brian Jenkins Ben Melham 14 53.5kg 89
10 8X000X6450 CHARTREUX David Hayes Stephen Baster 7 53.5kg 86
11 X080X09035 APPREHEND Tony Vasil Jordan Mallyon (a) 16 53.5kg 85
12 3X2053X441 MUSICAL HIT Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 12 53.5kg 85
13 79126X1519 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour Jake Noonan (a) 15 53.5kg 82
14 9890X56183 NIPTIOUS Danny Curran Craig Robertson 9 53.5kg 80
15 631X581033 ULUNDI Pat Carey Chris Symons 4 53.5kg 78
16 1X20160X18 NOBLE DESTINY Todd Balfour Thomas Sadler (a) 5 53.5kg 66
17 9353424333 DORSODURO Kelvin Bourke Jacob Rule (a) 13 53.5kg 64

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