Viddora the Everest explorer for trainer
ADELAIDE trainer Lloyd Kennewell’s climb up the Australian training ranks can be magnified if SA mare Viddora wins today’s $13 million The Everest at Randwick.
Kennewell made the bold move to Australian racing’s epicentre in Melbourne less than three months ago and there is no better advertisement for a stable than winning.
Viddora’s stunning Moir Stakes win first-up from a break last month was the perfect announcement that thrust his stable into The Everest contention.
“You hope things kick on from here. It’s obviously huge exposure for our business being in a race like this and hopefully we can build on it,” Kennewell said.
“You hope that new people walk in, you build new relationships and maybe we can come back next year with another one.”
Kennewell said the transition to Melbourne, which had been years in planning, was coming together nicely.
“There was a plan to get to here for a fair while now,” Kennewell said.
“The moment I got the call that I had some boxes at Caulfield, it was a matter of making this happen quickly.
“There aren’t really enough hours in the day at the moment and I’ve enjoyed setting things up from scratch.
“I’m moving into a new bigger barn in December and I think we’re making good inroads early.”
Despite now calling Mel- bourne home, Kennewell said he wasn’t turning his back on Adelaide racing.
“Adelaide has been great to me but it was time to move on,” he said.
“Initially the plan was to move totally, but I still have a big operation in Adelaide with a lot of young horses and the stable is full.
“I’ll reassess things in 12 months time. As long as the Adelaide stable is functioning well and contrary to what a lot of people in Adelaide are saying, it’s not being closed any time soon.”
Kennewell said putting plans in place for the move and a hectic start to the new racing season has meant he hasn’t really had the chance to sit back and fully appreciate just what Viddora has achieved.
“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” Kennewell said.
“Whether it’s a maiden, a Group 1 or a $13 million race, you still have the same buildup. You are still working all the horses and making sure everything gets done.
“This week has really gone up a notch. The way this race has been promoted in Australia has been something else.”
Kennewell added that seeing his colours beamed on the Sydney Opera House this week was a special moment.
“There was a plan to get to here for a fair while now” LLOYD KENNEWELL