Gary & Lloyd Kennewell
Few trainers can boast that they learnt their craft at the hands of two of Australia’s most decorated horsemen, Colin Hayes and Bart Cummings, but Gary Kennewell is one that can.
Gary has worked in the South Australian racing industry since age 14 and has trained in his own right for close to four decades, making him one of the most experienced and respected trainers in the state.
As one of the first employees at the late Colin Hayes’ Semaphore stables, Gary made the move with C.S to his innovative Lindsay Park complex when the property first opened in 1965. He worked closely with Hayes for many years before moving back to Morphettville to take up a position with Bart Cummings who also played a significant influence in Gary’s career.
By the mid-1970s Gary decided it was time to head out on his own and after taking out his trainers licence he opened his own stables at Cheltenham, before moving to Dibden Park near Oakbank in the 1980s, then back to Cheltenham later that decade.
When Cheltenham closed as a racing and training venue Gary and son Lloyd moved the family business to it’s current home on course at Morphettville where the duo have gone from strength to strength in recent seasons.
Gary has trained well over 1000 winners with most of his success coming in South Australia, but wins in Victoria, Western Australia, and at tracks such as Fannie Bay, Alice Springs, Broken Hill, and Port Lincoln highlight his readiness to travel his horses to find the right race. Ten years ago Gary took five horses to Broken Hill for the Cup meeting and brought home five winners.
Gary has trained plenty of top gallopers but nominates Remember Meiwa, Prince Azur, The Fount, Star Hit, group winner Gabbidon, and group 1 placed Tilt The Scales as some of his favourites. He now has a new favourite in Conservatorium though, this horse has won major races in three different states and has won at every level except the elusive Group 1. There has also been great success stories in reinvigorating the careers of tried horses from NSW including Fireball, Gunshot, and Zakuro.
Gary is one of the great characters of South Australian racing and one of the best conditioners of a horse in the country.
After completing his tertiary education at Pulteney Grammar in 2000, there was little doubt about the career that Lloyd Kennewell would pursue. He’d grown up around racehorses at his father Gary’s stables and was an odds on favourite to follow his dad into the racing game.
Having seen first hand the growing level of professionalism needed to run a city stable, Lloyd embarked on a Business Management Course at TAFE SA and completed his studies with great commendation from his tutors which set him in great stead to run his own business.
In late 2003 Lloyd applied for his training licence and made history as the youngest recipient of a licence in South Australia at age 21. He trained his first winner soon after when Treasure Time scored at Cheltenham in February 2004.
Since that win Lloyd has racked up many more and has become a regular face in the winners stall at Morphettville as well as the provincial circuit and also in Melbourne where the likes of Rialya, El Magico, and The Black Rod have raced with success in recent years.
Lloyd has learnt much from his father Gary and his tutelage has seen Lloyd become a fixture in the top 10 trainers list in South Australia with a strike rate of around 17% putting him in the top five in the state in the past couple of seasons.
With an eye for a yearling, a terrific winning record, and knowledge beyond his years, the future is bright for Lloyd Kennewell.