On Saturday hopes were high of good runs on the tapeta of Dunstall Park as Imelda Coakley's gelding Bobby Kennedy and Chris van Hoorn's filly Nell Quickly went up for the early evening meeting. Bobby Kennedy broke well in his extended nine furlong handicap race but he was very keen and green in early behind the race leader and a dawdling pace. He was running in second before halfway and was ridden to take it up from the quarter mile mark. Gaining a length advantage at the top of the straight he kept on well to the finish, but was strongly pressed by Karl Burke's filly in the closing stages and in a head bobbing finish was just denied by a short head right at the post. Nell Quickly had a very different race in her extended mile Novice Stakes contest, with some highly regarded opponents from top yards. Charlie Bishop this time was obliged to take the horse to the rear of the field and avoid racing wide until he moved her to an outside position at the top of the straight. Nell then really got into gear entering the last furlong to sweep past several rivals and gain a clear second, beaten only a little over a length by James Tate's filly, who had just been denied over course and distance last December. Fingers crossed that both Bobby and Nell hold every prospect of going one better next time out.