It’s a case of ‘take two’ for Ryan Balfour’s Kenyan Wonder, who lines up in the opener at Flemington tomorrow.
The quality mare was scratched from her Caulfield engagement on race morning last week, after a “very, very minor” knock to one of her legs, but the stable always had the 1000m Flemington straight in mind seven days later.
Kenyan Wonder enjoyed little luck during the 2020 Adelaide Autumn Carnival – racing in three consecutive Group 3 events – and the stable is confident of a forward showing tomorrow.
The four-year-old has been stabled with Patrick Payne over the past week, as part of mutually beneficial reciprocal arrangement between the two stables.
Meanwhile Balfour’s star, Li’l Kontra, is poised to run much better than her current odds of $19 suggest, according to the stable. The three-year-old filly travelled over to Victoria last night and stretched her legs this morning, ahead of tomorrow’s 1400m assignment.
Balfour told Racing.com’s Terry McAuliffe that he would be “very disappointed” if the pair failed to deliver competitive showings.
Back at home, plenty of interest surrounds the stable’s Dare To Dream runner, She’s Krupt, who is attempting to break her maiden at her third start in race three at Morphettville Parks tomorrow (1000m 3YO maiden).
"Arguably she should have won first-up at Murray Bridge and then last time at Balaklava she raced a little greenly,” Balfour said to Racing.com.
“The winkers are going on Saturday, she has drawn nicely and her work Tuesday was excellent."
Speedy stablemate Zarafshan will also run in race three.
Meanwhile Balfour will debut pricey filly Diamonds in race four. The two-year-old daughter of Rich Enuff cost $200,000 and is also expected to be competitive over the 1000m of tomorrow’s event, however the stable feels she could ultimately be best suited racing over 1400m to 1600m.