Good Carnival for Kent Stable

Nov 14, 2012

by Adrian Dunn... A lifetime in the horse industry has taught Mick Kent many things, but foremost is that not only is patience a virtue, but it’s a non-negotiable for any trainer.

Point in case Good Value, who capped a good spring for Kent when he won the Momentum Energy Trophy at Flemington on the final day of the VRC carnival.

Kent finished the Spring period – all feature city meetings from Turnbull Stakes day to Emirates Stakes day – with three winners, including two Listed Races, and a Group 1 placing with Summerbliss in the Crown Oaks.

Good Value has always been blessed with above average talent – he won his first three starts then finished second in five of his next nine starts – but he’s been troubled with issues.

“He’s always had a lot of talent, but he ran a lot of seconds and I think his knee was always feeling it.

“We cleaned his knee up and he’s been better for it.”

Four runs post-surgery have produced yet another second – his sixth – a third, a win at Mornington and then his Flemington success.

Kent noted that Good Value should have won at Mornington when he ran second and was luckless at Cranbourne when third.

“He’s quite a nice horse, but he’s been quite maligned because he’s run so many seconds,” Kent said.

“He had knee soreness so we did some surgery and since he’s come back he’s been going much better.”

Luke Nolen was booked to ride Good Value, but a Melbourne Cup day suspension paved the way for Michael Walker to be re-united with the six-year-old.

Walker rode Good Value when he won at Bendigo and he maintained his perfect record on the horse at Flemington.

Momentarily, it appeared that Galah would hold out Good Value, but Kent noted that the horse always hits a little flat spot then rallies again.

“He keeps unwinding and can sustain a long run so I wasn’t concerned,” Kent added.

Kent is aiming Good Value towards the $175,000 Villiers Stakes (1600 m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday, December 22.