By Frances O’Shea
South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell will have a two-pronged attack toward his Magic Millions quest when he makes his maiden trip to Wyong next week.
Morphetville-based Kennewell will saddle up two runners in the feature races on December 21, La Pomme De Pinn in the $200,000 Magic Millions Classic over 1100m and Senor Gaudi in the 1200m $100,000 3YO and 4YO Stakes.
La Pomme De Pinn firmed in the betting for the Magic Millions after her dominant win in the Clockwise Classic at Ballarat on November 25.
The I Am Invincible filly put five and a half lengths on her rivals giving her trainer the confidence to press on towards the Gold Coast in January.
“She’s really well and has done well since her win at Ballarat,” Kennewell said.
“She had a few days at the farm and she’s having a gallop on Wednesday at Warnambool.
“She will head off on Sunday for the trip to Wyong.”
Kennewell said the filly had plenty of speed and the Ballarat victory was never in doubt after she hit the front early in the race.
“She’s a natural. We always made our intentions clear to lead and after 50 metres she was Black Caviar odds,” he said.
“She’s done a great job to get to this stage. She had one jump-out before her first-up defeat and she’s really come on since.
“I think the extra distance at Wyong will suit her and if she runs well then she’ll head on to the Gold Coast.”
La Pomme De Pinn, named after an Italian restaurant in St Tropez, was an $85,000 purchase at the Adelaide Magic Millions Sales in March.
Kennewell’s other runner Senor Gaudi has also been in strong form and is coming off a close third in a Magic Millions 3 & 4YO Classic also on November 25.
“He goes well and has had four starts for two wins and two thirds. He wasn’t beaten far at Ballarat and has come on well since.
“The Wyong races blend in well for both my horses and where they are heading.
“I haven’t been to the track before so hopefully we can have a bit of luck.”
Nominations for the Wyong Magic Millions meeting close at 11am on Friday.