Kensei (horse)

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Kensei (NZ)
Sire Blarney Kiss (USA)
Grandsire Irish Lancer (USA)
Dam Kitty’s Dream (NZ)
Damsire Nauplius (NZ)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1982
Country New Zealand
Colour Chestnut
Owner K M Mitchell et al.
Trainer L J Bridge
Record 69: 9-6-7[1]
Earnings $1,139,330
Major wins
1987 Melbourne Cup
Last updated on 28 December 2011

Kensei was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse, who won the 1987 Melbourne Cup.[2]

Bred in New Zealand he was sired by Blarney Kiss (USA), his dam Kitty’s Dream (NZ) was by Nauplius (NZ).

The horse was ridden by Larry Olsen and won the race by ½ length carrying just 51.5 kg from the champion mare Empire Rose.[3] Prior to his win in the Melbourne Cup, Kensei ran second in the Group 2 Newcastle Cup and second in the Group 1 Metropolitan at Randwick.


  1. ^ Racing Victoria Kensei
  2. ^ 1987 Melbourne Cup result
  3. ^ Rolfe, Costa (2008).Winners of the Melbourne Cup. Red Dog. ISBN 978-1-74203-509-3, p. 312-313