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Kennedy & Robinson Make Merry

KZN jockey rides the jackpot

Cape superstar Richard Fourie had to wait until the final race of the Durbanville meeting on Tuesday to ride a winner as championship chasing KZN raider Warren Kennedy gave the locals something to think about when he rode the R465 jackpot at a sun-drenched country course.

The high-riding and unassuming Kennedy moved into second position on the national log and, while it is early days yet, his intentions to give the championship a full go this term have been fired to a new level.

His four winners on the day included a terrific maiden career treble for Philippi trainer Michael Robinson, who was naturally thrilled with his yard finding good form.

Mike Robinson and part-owner/breeder Peter de Beyer lead in Secret Depths (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Robinson, son-in-law of veteran KZN conditioner Doug Campbell, has been training for his own account since 2013 and came through the ranks, cutting his teeth with Mike Stewart, Chris Snaith and Dennis Drier.

After a few years in charge of spelling and pre-training for Drakenstein Stud, as well as training a small string of horses off the farm for them, he has firmly established himself as a leading trainer in the Cape ranks – which is dominated by a handful of powerful operations.

His three winners were Lunar Tunes (22-10), Lady Abigail (9-1) and Secret Depths (11-4)

Kennedy, who has ridden six winners on a day, rode the final leg of the jackpot for Eric Sands when the improving Bellingham Bay rounded off a happy streak for the visiting jock.

Kennedy told Gold Circle’s David Thiselton recently that it was a mixture of improved riding and better support which had enabled him to climb the ladder.

Warren Kennedy pushes Secret Depths out to register her second career win (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)


He added: “Getting rides in bigger races gives you more responsibility and if you ride well you get better support.”

He now has the continued support of Gareth and Gavin van Zyl and others in KZN, of the increasingly prominent yard of Paul Peter and others in Gauteng, and of a number of trainers – including the Robinson family – in Cape Town.

His other advantage is his light weight. His official riding weight is 51kg.

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7 comments on “Kennedy & Robinson Make Merry

  1. B steele says:

    The stable sure has secret depth.Well done !!!!

  2. Ronnie Ramasamy says:

    Well done to Warren Kennedy. I’m rooting for you to take the championship this season

  3. Eric says:

    Well done to the entire Michael Robinson team/ family, a more honest,professional and likable group of people one could hope to meet.

  4. Mike Robinson says:

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    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Mike

  5. bob kistnasamy says:

    Congratulations to Mike and Warren. Warren is one of our most underrated riders. I am glad that he is getting opportunities at other centres to display his skills and prowess.

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Congrats Warren, Well done. Also Michael and team

    Warren, see you later at my home track

    No Warren runner in the 6″th so I’ll play a R9 JP 1/7/F/7

    Races 4 and 5 look like upset races, maybe SP, friends can help.

    Call for Mr Milkovitch, long odds doesn’t put him off.

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