O’Shea Confident in Kencella Ahead of 2014 The Galaxy

March 26th, 2014

Having returned to the track in scintillating form this preparation, trainer John O’Shea has confirmed exciting gelding Kencella will contest this weekend’s 2014 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Kencella will contest the Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens this weekend

Kencella will contest the Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing a comfortable two length win in his maiden Group level event last weekend; the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m), O’Shea told AAP the lure of contesting a handicap event with such light weights is almost too great an attraction.

“He’s done very well since, he loves the track and he’s won in the wet so why not give him his chance” O’Shea said.

“I’ve always had a really good opinion of him.

“And there’s not too many times you can get a horse into a Group 1 race with his weight in his sort of form.”

Despite lining up only one week ago, O’Shea said the form of the exciting son of Exceed And Excel dictated this weekend’s acceptance.

“The horse has virtually pushed me towards running him in the race” O’Shea added.

Claiming an impressive six wins and two places from only nine race starts to date, Kencella secured two consecutive wins in minor events when returning to the track on October 27th this time in, and is currently amidst a three race winning streak, having recorded victories in the TAB.com.au Maiden (1100m) and TAB.com.au Quality (1100m) prior to his Maurice McCarten Triumph.

While yet to set a path in stone for Kencella this preparation, O’Shea revealed his result in the 2014 Galaxy amongst undoubtedly his fiercest competition yet would dictate which avenue would be taken; the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) likely if successful.

Having drawn the slight awkward barrier 10 for this weekend’s The Galaxy, Kencella is currently featuring as outright second favourite in betting markets at a current quote of $5.50 for success, behind only in-form sprinter Snitzerland ($4).

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