Sweet win for Charles

By Garrick Knight and Jonny Turner

While Paul and Mary Kenny were celebrating the 2YO Diamond win of Sweet On Me, they couldn’t help but think of the man responsible for the bloodstock dynasty they oversee.

Mary’s father, Charles Roberts, is no longer able to travel to racedays and receives round-the-clock care.

“This win is all about him,” said Paul Kenny, his son-in-law.

“He’s bred them all, he made this all happen.

“Life’s tough for him now; he’s 95 and in care. He doesn’t like it, but we all go and see him every week.

“He has SKY in his room and I just hope he was able to watch that one live today.”

Sweet On Me was far too good in the hands of co-trainer Mark Purdon, sitting parked for the trip and surging clear down the straight.

There was a school of thought that stablemate Amazing Dream had bridged the gap between the two star fillies recently, but the former was unable to peg back the winner after working forward three-wide from the half-mile.

Kenny says a text message from Purdon during the week gave them all the confidence they needed.

“She hadn’t raced for 30 days and we were acutely aware of that, but Mark and Natalie (Rasmussen) are out of this world trainers.

“I rung on Wednesday to find out how her work was here at Addington and the message came back that Mark was very happy and that’s all I needed to know.

“Rain is a great leveler, no matter what code you’re in, so you can never have too much confidence.”

Spellbound rallied hard on the passing lane for second, but could not reel in Sweet On Me.

Trainer Robert Dunn said he was proud of how well the filly performed considering the interrupted preparation she had.

Spellbound’s Harness Jewels hopes looked in tatters when she went a poor race in the Yearling Sales Series Final.

“We are very proud of her, considering where she was two weeks ago with her high white cell count.

“She was a touch unlucky, too, being held up at the top of the straight.”

Amazing Dream held third ahead of Tiffany Rose.


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