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

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