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Consistent Star Banner To Aim At Townsville Lightning

Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Queensland trainer Bill Kenning hopes his recent good run will continue at Townsville today, reports racingqueensland.com.au. Star Banner (Starspangledbanner-Pacific Dreams, by Desert Prince) will run in the Benchmark 69 Handicap over 1000m, while Lady Yendor (Mahisara-Thundering Girl, by Thunder Gulch) will run in the QTIS 3YO Handicap over 1400m. Kenning said, 'If he (Star Banner) runs a good race, I'll set him for the Lightning Handicap in Townsville. I thought he was a bit unlucky first-up and although he's out of his class tomorrow, I'm sure he'll be competitive.' Kenning purchased Star Banner as a tried horse for $8,000. 'He hadn't run a place in nine starts in Victoria when I bought him and in the nine starts, I've had him he's won four times and hasn't been out of the prizemoney. He's been a goldmine to me.' Kenning also expects a lot from Lady Yendor. 'She was first-up that day and struck bad interference when she hit the fence,' he said. 'She got over it okay and she'll race a lot better this time even though we meet Love Is Blind worse at the weights. She's been getting the grandstand and has 62.5kgs tomorrow but if she runs well and I'll send her to Mackay for the Mackay Guineas where she'll drop to 56kgs.' Kenning only has a team of five horses in work, and has been training for the last few years after injury ended his jockey career. 'I got badly smashed up in a fall and broke my leg and it took over a year to get mobile again,' Kenning revealed. "I've loved horses all my life so I decided to start training after I was forced to give riding away.'

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