Ben Kennedy eyes a return to winning ways in region with Roy Rogers after nearly five years out of the saddle

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Ben Kennedy after winning on the Roy Rogers-trained at Mt Barker in 2016.
Camera IconBen Kennedy after winning on the Roy Rogers-trained at Mt Barker in 2016. Credit: Laurie Benson

Comeback jockey Ben Kennedy is hoping to pick up where he left off as he reignites his association with Albany trainer Roy Rogers at Friday’s meeting at Percy Spencer Racecourse.

Kennedy returned to the saddle last Thursday for the first time in close to five years.

Albany Racing Club will host the third meeting of the Great Southern racing season with a bumper seven-race program.

Kennedy was once Rogers’ No.1 rider in the Great Southern before he took time away but will reconnect with last season’s local trainer of the year on Friday.

After riding his first winner since returning to the saddle on Saturday at Esperance, Kennedy is keen to get back riding in the Great Southern.

He will take five rides for Rogers and six in total on Friday.

“Feeling good to be back among the racing — the support I have received is great,” he said.

“I’m planning on heading to Albany for the race season as it's been very fruitful in previous years, and Roy has been a big part of my success in the region.

“It goes along way with the stock of horses he has and he’s been a very big supporter of mine and would be great to pick back up where we left off.

“Kendel’s Mee Dad is my best winning chance on his last-start performance.”

Kennedy will partner Kutsanya in race one after running a strong third on debut before taking the reins on Ocean Villa in the second race and Kendel’s Mee Dad in the main race on the card, the $20,000 ABA Security Electrical Handicap.

Moonlight Express will have Kennedy’s services in race five and he will be on last-start winner Can’t Get Enough in race six for Rogers before finishing with Choice Command in the final race for Neville Parker.

There have been 86 final acceptances across the program, with leading trainers Rogers (16 runners) and Steve Wolfe (17) both having big teams engaged.

Other top jockeys to make the trip down include Joseph Azzopardi, Clint Johnston-Porter, and Mitchell Pateman.

The first race will be at 1.45pm, while the final race is set down for 5.24pm.

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