Mister Larrabee in Winx colours to make debut at Doomben Saturday

Stuart Kendrick hopes rookie two-year-old colt Mister Larrabee can do the Winx colours justice when he makes his debut at Doomben on Saturday.

Mister Larrabee will race in Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock colours – royal blue with white epaulettes and a white M – which were sported by champion mare Winx.

Sunshine Coast trainer Kendrick says the Smart Missile gelding will be the first galloper he has raced for Tighe, with a band of other owners also in the colt including RadioTAB general manager David Salmon.

While Winx strung together 33 wins in a row, connections would be happy if the galloper who races in the same colours could register a win on debut to start his career.

Rated a $9 chance by TAB in the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m), Kendrick has seen enough from the colt in a pair of jumpouts to know he will be competitive and hopefully have a bright future on the track.

“He had a trial in early December but pulled up shinsore after that so we tipped him out,” Kendrick said.

“He has come back in and had a couple of jumpouts and gone good in both of them.

“I think he’s a nice horse.

“Hopefully he can do those colours justice. We certainly just don’t want him to disgrace himself in those colours.”

Mister Larrabee was named as his dam is the mare Lady Hepburn.

Iconic actress Audrey Hepburn starred in the 1954 film Sabrina alongside Humphrey Bogart who played Linus Larrabee.

Mister Larrabee is named after a movie character played by iconic actor Humphrey Bogart.Source:News Limited

Mister Larrabee was also entered to run on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday but Kendrick explained why he chose to deep-end the colt into making his debut in the city on Saturday.

“At this time of year, if you’ve got a nice horse, you have got a nice horse,” Kendrick said.

“A lot of these horses at this time of year are lightly raced horses with ability and promise.

“You can run into exactly the same horses on Sunday at Caloundra.

“I just feel if you have a promising young horse coming through, there is not a lot of difference and half the time the races in town are smaller fields.”

So what to expect from Mister Larrabee on Saturday as he debuts in a strong-looking race with his opposition including the likes of 2YO Jewel runner-up Ahooshu, unbeaten Rex Lipp gelding Balmaurice and the promising Startantes?

“He is one of my stable’s better two-year-olds from what he has shown on the track, although he has got to do it on raceday,” Kendrick said.

“He’s a lovely looking horse and he is sensible and does everything right and has shown in his jumpouts that he will sit off the pace, he is not a jump and run and rip and tear horse by any means.

“He is a horse that likes to find his feet, hence why we are going to the 1200m first-up and he has got a good strong finish, hopefully Ryan Maloney can work a bit of his magic from the outside barrier and have him slot in somewhere and get his chance to hit the line.”

Trainer Stuart Kendrick.Source:News Regional Media

Originally published asRookie 2YO in Winx colours to debut at Doomben

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