Success for veteran Bendigo trainers Neville Kennedy and Graeme McQueen

SUCCESS: This Horse Here, ridden by John Keating, wins the 1300m maiden plate at Ararat Racecourse last Friday. Picture: PAT SCALA/RACING PHOTOS via GETTY IMAGES
SUCCESS: This Horse Here, ridden by John Keating, wins the 1300m maiden plate at Ararat Racecourse last Friday. Picture: PAT SCALA/RACING PHOTOS via GETTY IMAGES

BENDIGO-based trainer Neville Kennedy proved age is no barrier to success when he prepared This Horse Here for a win at Ararat last week.

The four-year-old mare moved to 82-year-old Kennedy's stable from the Mark Kavanagh yard, and has been presented three times to the track since, recording third and fourth placings before Friday's win. 

She was ridden to victory by Bendigo jockey John Keating.

Making the most of an inside barrier, Keating sat the mare on the rail off a front-running second favourite and produced a canny ride to get the inside running in the straight, fighting on to win by over a length.

Kennedy's last winner was in 2014 with Dane Opera, again with Keating on board.

In fact, Keating has ridden Kennedy's last two winners, and added to a run of good results for the rider having strung two together on young star Carlingford the day before at Seymour.

This Horse Here debuted as a three-year-old at Bendigo in September 2015 and finished second with Glen Boss in the saddle behind multiple city winner Ocean Embers.

Another veteran of the training game Graeme McQueen also produced a winner, with hurdler Dornale saluting on the flat at Mildura on Sunday.

Taking advantage of a claim, South Australian apprentice Justin Huxtable eased the eight-year-old Tsigane gelding up the rail at the end of the 2000m trip to collect the win by just under a length.

The win was the well-travelled galloper's fifth in 46 starts, which include seven placings.