Amarina Farm | Kansas Sunflower out to break drought
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28 Jun Kansas Sunflower out to break drought

Trainer Luke Oliver is hoping Kansas Sunflower (Mastercraftsman x Virginia Key) can go one better than her recent string of runner-up finishes when the mare chases her first win in more than a year on Saturday.

Kansas Sunflower is nominated for two Caulfield races and Oliver said she will run in the 1200m benchmark-90 for mares, with Craig Williams to ride.

Kansas Sunflower finished second for the third consecutive time, in her most recent start at Bendigo, over 1300m and it was her fifth runner-up finish in 12 starts since she won at Flemington in April last year.

“We’ve given her a bit of a freshen up since her last run (on June 2),” Oliver said.

“She’s consistent but she just needs to win another one, that’s all.

“She seems to race well at Caulfield and a soft track would be ideal.”

He has kept the mare fresh for Saturday before looking to step her up to 1500m next start.

Kansas Sunflower was sold from Amarina Farm’s 2013 Inglis Classic draft for $60,000. -AAP