Cullen's Finest, who returned to the Roxburgh stable of Geoff and Jude Knight after being claimed for $5000 at Roxburgh on January 5, has been entered for a claiming race at Wyndham tomorrow.
He has a price tag of $6000. The Knights also have Little Joe, Infrequently and The Witch Doctor in the claiming race at Wyndham. Matthew Williamson has the drive on Cullen's Finest.
The 8-year-old Cullen's Finest finished seventh in the Roxburgh Cup for Josh and Craig Kennett, of Waimate.
Cullen's Finest, the winner of 10 races, was claimed by the Corner Shop and Monday Knight syndicates. The same owners won races at Forbury Park (three) and Gore and collected seven minor placings with Cullen's Finest from the Knight stable last year after claiming the horse for $5000 from the Kennetts in March. Cullen's Finest was claimed back by Kennetts for $5000 in August.
Cullen's Finest has had two stints with the Kennett stable, winning each time.
The Knight stable won races on the holiday circuit with Expressionist, Machinegun Kelly, both at Cromwell and Rock Of Tara (Omakau).
Machinegun Kelly will be driven by Samantha Ottley at Wyndham. Machinegun Kelly will not be liable for a penalty if successful due to being driven by a junior.
Machinegun Kelly joined the stable three weeks ago after a second in five starts for Knapdale part-owner, Bill McDonald, who races the Bettor's Delight 4-year-old with his mother, Iona, of Gore and children Bridget and Angus. Machinegun Kelly is the fourth winner McDonald and his mother have bred from Sound Track, a Holmes Hanover mare who has also left Maria Callas, Staccato and Autobahn.
- The Southland Times