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Well done Kenji!

Former Cm employee Kenji Konishi pictured with Beyond The Dream as a yearling.
Former Cm employee Kenji Konishi pictured with Beyond The Dream as a yearling.

Kenji Konishi's eye for a bargain will stand him in good stead in the pursuit of his career aspirations.

The Oaks Stud employee is part of the syndicate that races Beyond The Dream and the filly's debut performance at Flemington last week almost pulled off a massive coup.

The three-year-old took on black type company at the first time of asking and at odds of 200-1 she finished runner-up, beaten just a long neck in the Listed Cap D'Antibes Stakes.

"We were very confident and thought she would go well," said Konishi, who was track side. "We had a bet. She's very, very special and it was a super run in a strong field."

Beyond The Dream's purchase price of $A15,000 now looks a snip and augurs well for Konishi, who inspected more than 100 fillies before he selected the daughter of Dream Ahead.

"I am very happy here and in the future my dream is to be a bloodstock agent and start my own business," he said.

"I first spent three years in Australia where I worked for Vinery Stud and for Gerald Ryan and then I wanted some experience in New Zealand.

"I worked for Gordon Cunningham at Curraghmore for a year and a half and I've been at The Oaks for more than four years now."

The aptly-named Beyond The Dream is trained at Ballarat by part-owner Yoshitomo Shima and was ridden by Yusuke Ichikawa.

"They are both good friends of mine," Konishi said. "She went to the paddock on Monday and she will come back for the autumn and we'll try her in some big races, that's our plan.

"We will be patient and we won't put too much pressure on her. She has got a lot of potential." – NZ Racing Desk.


 

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