A gem of a ride from Tommy Berry and a strong finish have seen Kinnersley take out the $170,000 2013 Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding jumped as a $3.40 favourite and produced a performance to match his price.
He jumped quickly from barrier six, allowing Berry to position him just behind the speed.
As the field entered the straight Berry steered the son of Al Maher into an opening and he duly responded to reel in the leaders and win by more than a length from Anagold and Bid Spotter.
Waterhouse said Kinnersley had been right at home in his preparation in Queensland and was full of praise for Berry’s ride.
“He’s been at the beach, he’s live at Nudgee beach and he’s absolutely having a ball here in Queensland,” Waterhouse said.
“I love the way Tommy just positioned him about fourth, gave him a bit of a breather and then he kicked on in the straight. He was never in doubt at the top of the straight.”
The six-year-old showed he had benefited from a brief freshen up in Queensland after struggling in the Villiers Stakes at Warwick Farm last month.
It was a terrific start to the day for Berry who is hoping to score back-to-back Magic Millions Classic succes after riding Driefontein to victory last year.
He rides Certitude ($17) in the Magic Millions Classic and Driefontein ($5.50) in the Magic Millions Guineas
“I’ve had a lot of luck here so let’s hope it keeps going,” Berry said.
Kinnerlsey has now won seven times from 21 starts.
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Magic Millions Stayers Cup 2013 – Results
|1||1||KINNERSLEY||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||59kg||$3.40F|
|2||10||ANAGOLD||Bryan Guy||Michael Cahill||14||54kg||$16|
|3||3||BID SPOTTER||Toby Edmonds||Michael Rodd||4||55.5kg||$14|
|4||6||WHAT HAPPENEDHENRY||Kelly Schweida||Glen Colless||6||54kg||$21|
|5||5||TAI TAI TESS||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||13||54kg||$9|
|6||14||SQUARE UP||Bruce W Hill||Jeff Lloyd||2||54kg||$17|
|7||11||EPIC DRAGON||Tony Gollan||Craig Williams||7||54kg||$26|
|8||8||EQUISSENTIAL||Neville O Saunders||Jim Byrne||3||54kg||$15|
|9||13||MASTER AVATAR||Gary Duncan||James McDonald||12||54kg||$10|
|10||9||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy||Craig Newitt||8||54kg||$6|
|11||2||PEPPERWOOD||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||9||56.5kg||$15|
|12||12||PREACHER BOY||Roger Milne||Timothy Bell||11||54kg||$101|
|13||4||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||Hugh Bowman||1||55kg||$15|
|14||7||PLAYACTION||Kristie Clark-Peoples||Jason Taylor||10||54kg||$61|