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Well Done Wagga!

It's never too late!

Winning Form-sponsored Warren Kennedy has bagged his maiden SA Champion Jockey title 22 years after booting home his first winner at Fairview in the Eastern Cape.

Winning smile from Warren Kennedy (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Living proof that it’s never too late to do anything if you put your mind to it, Warren, aka ‘Wagga’, has walked a long road since he weighed just 28kgs and being threatened with dismissal if he didn’t bulk up.

His success has been nothing short of phenomenal this past season and his is one of the most sweeping trophy lifts in living memory.

Riding with an 18% win strike-rate, Warren beat nearest rival Greg Cheyne by 62 wins and banked a total of R19,2 million in stakes in the 2019/20 season.

He also rode three Gr1 winners – he has four to his credit now.

Jamie Kennedy and her champion Dad (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

And what was his secret to success?

Love and marriage – and a beautiful daughter called Jamie, maybe? They all happened in 2019 and just look at how he was improving with age:

  • He finished in 28th place in the 2014/2015 season with 39 winners at a strike rate of 6,2%.
  • In the 2015/2016 season he rode 67 winners at a strike rate of 8,8% for 17th place.
  • In the 2016/2017 season he rode 84 winners at a strike rate of 11,9% for 17th place.
  • In the 2017/2018 season he rode 79 winners at a strike rate of 10,6% for 14th pace.
  • The season before last,  he broke through the 100 winner mark for the first time, riding 139 winners at a strike rate of 12,2% and finished 7th on the log.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Well done, Warren!

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7 comments on “Well Done Wagga!

  1. Dean Bayley says:

    Well done Warren,who won the other titles not been printed – breeder .trainer , sire etc – I see SP don’t show stats anymore

  2. Keith sing says:

    congrats perseverance pays off with hard work and determination all the best wagga

  3. Yungsta says:

    Well he married into a good solid family and relationship Well Done lad , to you your wife and in-laws good on you all, may you all go from strength to strength . You want a trainer combo to rely on look no further than Wayne Badenhorst/ Barbara Kennedy and Mum Janet , your horses will be care for R7000/m is a steal with real people .

  4. donald bradshaw says:

    Great pity that Covid stopped him from riding 300 winners !

  5. PL.NEL says:

    Congratulations vvWarren, uncle Nick would be so proud of you and family. All the best Warren, just knew you had it in you to drop irons and win this title., and dad Claudie agrees.

  6. Gavin bechan says:

    Top class Warren… You give every horse a chance

  7. Ivor Moodie says:

    Congrats Warren on achieving your goal.
    Simply awesome.
    You deserve it.
    Wishing you everything of the best in the new season .
    You are the CHAMPION.

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