Another Masterpiece (blue) holds out a brave Petes Big Jim (right) in the 2YO Emerald. Photo: Trish Dunell.
They say the best way to get over an ex is to find a new one and it’s a philosophy Phil and Glenys Kennard have had to adopt recently.
Less than a month after the bittersweet sale of their champion pacer Lazarus, the Kennards were back in the Group 1 winner’s circle at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge on Saturday.
Another Masterpiece, driven by Tim Williams, won a stirring stretch battle over stablemate Jesse Duke and Australian raider Petes Big Jim to win the $150,000 2YO Emerald.
The Kennards were on hand with fellow owners Jim and Anne Gibbs, Gary and Kerry Woodham and Ken and Karen Breckon to share in the success.
“It’s a relatively new group – we all race Spankem and The Devils Own together.
“It’s a good group and a very social group, I must say!”
Another Masterpiece was strong in the market all week but had seemingly fallen behind Jesse Duke for outright favouritism after getting beaten by him last time out at Addington.
But the owners hadn’t lost confidence, even though the horse has continued to surprise them.
“He’s a lot better than we probably thought he was, really.”
“To burn so hard at the start and still find the strength to win was a great effort.
“Perhaps that little breather he got for 150 metres down the straight a lap out was the winning of the race.
“He’s never put in a bad run, this horse.
“He’s always been quick out of the gate and we’ve never been scared to use him – he’s drawn four in his last three starts and drew five today.
“We were nervous when the Aussie horse drew one – we didn’t really think she’d ever give up the lead.
“But our horse was never going back, we had to go forward in a race like this.”
Williams is no stranger to big-race success, mainly through the deeds of former star three-year-old Have Faith In Me.
He’s forged a good association with Another Masterpiece, the combination never finishing further back than third in all seven career starts.
“He was doing his best work in the last fifty or sixty metres,” said the soon-to-be father.
“But that’s the kind of horse he is; he always gives his best.”
Sydney pacer Petes Big Jim emerged from obscurity just a month ago to run a brave second in the hands of co-trainer Lauren Tritton, who has had the horse for less than three weeks with her husband, Shane.
“He’s gone super; we’ve only had him three weeks and that’s probably counted against us in the finish,” she said.
“It took a while for me to make my mind about handing up to the winner.
“But I looked over and didn’t think he was mentally strong enough to cope with being attacked by the parked horse, then the 3-wide horse.”
She was happy she did as they entered the straight.
“He was absolutely jogging and I thought I had it, but he just got a bit lost in the sprint lane - we don’t have one back home and he wasn’t really sure what it was all about.”
Despite the disappointing performance of Platinum Revolution in the 2YO, Tritton said they were heading home happy with their Jewels excursion.
“We are over the moon with how Petes Big Jim has gone and the filly will come back better next year – she’ll learn a lot from this.
Jesse Duke held on for third from $98 shot Make Way, who ran out of his skin to boost the first 4 for punters.