Terry Kennedy swaps sports yesterday following his 100th
training win, at Ascot Park on Saturday. Photo by Matt
Terry Kennedy had little chance of scoring a century
playing cricket yesterday but he was good enough to bring up
triple figures in a different way on Saturday.
Kennedy was playing cricket for a team of Wingatui racing
participants against a Taieri team in Mosgiel yesterday.
Although his side faced an uphill battle after chasing
leather in the field, Kennedy was able to reflect on the runs
he had put up in the world of horse training, culminating in
his 100th training win at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Kennedy prepared Chapel Star to win in a rating 75 sprint,
giving the King's Chapel gelding his third win from his past
And it is appropriate that one of Kennedy's most loyal owners
- Lindsay Parr, of Mosgiel - should get the honour of having
his horse associated with an auspicious milestone.
Kennedy considers himself lucky to have owners rather than
too many syndicates to deal with, and owners such as Parr and
his brother, Eric, along with Fred King helped him make the
switch to full-time training five years ago.
Kennedy had been training part-time for seven or eight years
after finishing his career as a jockey with 353 wins.
''I got some good owners, so I thought I'd try and do a bit
better,'' he said.
''[Single owners] are a dying breed really - most of them are
syndicates now. I've only got one syndicate out of the whole
team, so I'm lucky that way.
''A couple of the owners are semi-retired. They've got enough
money and they're passionate about the game, so it's good.''
Kennedy has also struck success through horses with the Brook
moniker, courtesy of Fred King, and he rates one win in
particular as his most pleasing result in the 100 wins.
''I think the biggest was probably Lesley Brook winning the
Welcome Stakes first up,'' he said.
''Lesley Brook is probably the best galloper I had. Mr Toff
[who won six races when trained by Kennedy] was a good horse
- he won a couple of hundred thousand [dollars] in Australia.
There have been a few not-too-bad ones.''
King's investment in horses has worked out well for both the
Mosgiel owner and Kennedy.
''He's gone and spent a lot of money and has been lucky
enough to get two good fillies [Lesley Brook and Miss
Millbrook],'' Kennedy said.
''A lot of people spend the money he's spent and get nothing.
He's very loyal and does what is best for the horse.''
As for Chapel Star, a trip to Cromwell on March 3 could be
next on the horizon - although Kennedy will be waiting with
bated breath to see how his three-length win affects his
''It depends what the handicapper gives him,'' he said.
''He's only a three-win horse so he shouldn't be out of the
''There's a 75 1400m at Cromwell, which would suit him, but
the handicapper is quite hard to work out, so you're not sure
what's going to happen.''