TOP jockey Craig Newitt will renew his association with smart youngster Kenjorwood - a fortnight later than originally planned - in the $25,000 3YO Trophy at Mowbray tonight.
Newitt had his only ride on the Darren Kenny-trained gelding at Flemington in March when he finished midfield behind All Too Hard in the VRC Sires Produce.
Kenjorwood was beaten by eight lengths but, given that All Too Hard has since won the Caulfield Guineas and finished second in the Cox Plate, it's a respectable form line.
Newitt was sufficiently impressed to commit to riding Kenjorwood in three feature races over the summer carnival.
He missed the first, the $50,000 3YO Cup on December 5 due to suspension, but is back for tonight's race and will return for the $90,000 Tasmanian Guineas on January 2.
Kenjorwood finished fourth in the 3YO Cup, after missing the start by two lengths and being second-last at the 800 metres, and will appreciate the extra 200m of tonight's race.
He again has to contend with star filly Arenzano but, as an each-way bet, probably offers better value for the average punter.
Bookmakers were prepared to take risks with Arenzano last start, when she drew a wide barrier, but it's doubtful they will be as generous this week.
She is perfectly drawn in barrier two and trainer Barry Campbell has no doubts she will run a strong 1400m.
What Life Brings, runner-up in the 3YO Cup, will have his blinkers removed for tonight's race after jockey Brendon McCoull reported that he raced greenly.
He again looks a serious contender.