As the Queensland winter carnival edges closer, the Stuart Kendrick-trained I’ve Bean There stamped himself as a big race contender when the two-year-old scored a big win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Seven days earlier the son of Spill The Beans struggled in the heavy going in the 2YO Jewel behind the undefeated Sweet Dolly but relished stepping out to 1400m on a Soft 5 surface.
I’ve Bean There came from near the tail of the field with a powerful burst to run down his stablemate Kenny Boy, which was also edged out of second late by the Robert Heathcote-trained Seefeld.
“He showed today what he could do,” Kendrick said.
“He’s a promising horse and the further he goes the better he will get.
“I thought last week in the Jewel that he would give it a big shake but just the way the track played out, nothing went our way on the heavy track.
“Hopefully he’s a nice horse coming into the carnival for us.”
The $1 million JJ Atkins (1600m) is the race Kendrick and other Queensland trainers have their sights on with their smart two-year-olds.
The Eagle Farm feature is Australia’s last Group 1 race of the season and will be run on June 13.
Kendrick also believes the inexperienced Kenny Boy is capable of developing into another Queensland representative during the winter carnival which kicks off with the Group 2 Victory Stakes meeting at Eagle Farm on May 1.
“I think they (Kenny Boy & I’ve Bean There) will both stick around for the carnival,” Kendrick said.
“We looked after them with that in mind and it’s a nice time of the year to have the two-year-olds that can stick around.
“We’ll see how they pull up and make a call from there.”