Mungrup Stud finished another productive working week when Kencella carved up his rivals on Friday.
Trainer John O’Shea sent Kencella down to Goulburn for an easy kill on debut and he complied in the Primo Meats Maiden Hcp (1000m).
Kencella (3g Exceed And Excel – Kentiara by Metal Storm) started a $2.40 favourite after cruising home in his only other public appearance at the Randwick trials in November. He led by a half-length on the corner and ran his rivals into the ground by five lengths.
Kencella’s family has been a beauty for Mungrup mainstays Lex and Shirley Piper. They raced his dam Kentiara to Listed wins in the 2004 Detonator Stakes and La Trice Classic.
Her older sister Kalatiara had been a G2 winner of the WA Guineas for the Pipers and she transferred off-shore to win the G3 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park. Repatriated in 2006, her first Australian-born foal Kalahaar (Choisir) won his sixth race at Ascot on Australia Day.
Another sister – Lacienne – foaled Guest Wing (Right Wing). He carried the couple’s orange, red colours to victory in the 2011 Perth Cup.
Kencella’s brilliant debut came just 24 hours after Mungrup and clients celebrated a ground-breaking afternoon on Bunbury Cup day.
The first three winners at Bunbury were all bred and raised at Mungrup. Trainer David Harrison always has a good Mungrup galloper at his south-coast stables and he doubled up with Convoluted (Oratorio) and Flytego (Flying Pegasus).
Ascot trainer Paul Jordan and Belhus Racing’s Peter Morley popped up with Advantage Norman (Oratorio) to make it a hat-trick. And owner-trainer Rocco Dagostino added the icing later in the day with Rivimac. His McFlirt gelding led home a Mungrup quinella from the favourite Thunder Express (Danehill Express).
– Karl Patterson