Day At The Track

Happy days for Fatboy

04:00 PM 28 Sep 2016 NZDT
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Run Fatboy Run
Run Fatboy Run will return to New Zealand upon his retirement.
Dan Costello Photo

The end is near for Run Fatboy Run. But it will be just the beginning in many ways. The New Zealand bred gelding continues to race in good form for Patrick Estate harness racing trainer Chantal Turpin but his assessment is beginning to become a little tight meaning he’s becoming hard to place so his owners can’t maximize their return.

Run Fatboy Run won’t become a pacer that races in claiming events.

Instead, he will return to his native country and live the life of luxury once his racing days are complete on Australian soil.

Originally, Run Fatboy Run was sent to Sydney where he joined the stables of Nicole Molander and tasted immediate success at Menangle on October 26, 2014.

With Molander moving to Victoria, the Julius Caesar gelding also headed south but it was only a short stint after failing in all three starts forcing a move back to Sydney where he joined the stables of Blake Fitzpatrick.

But with only two victories coming from an 18 start stint with Fitzpatrick, connections decided to move him further north.

The move has reignited the fire for the big striding pacer.

As it stands, Run Fatboy Run has won five races for Turpin with the potential of a few more before time is called.

All five victories have come at Albion Park.

“Fatboy has been a handy type for the stable and we’ve enjoyed having him as a member of our team, it didn’t start off so well for him so we made some adjustments with his gear and work and he’s been much better for it.” Turpin said.

“He’s quite versatile, he’s led and he’s been very good coming off the pace to win some of his races. I enjoy driving him and I know Pete (McMullen – husband) also enjoys driving him too. He’s a lovely horse to work with and I’m sure he’ll enjoy his retirement when the day arrives.” Turpin added.

Run Fatboy Run has won two of his four starts to date this season and starts this Friday at Albion Park.

He will start from gate six in the Noel & Chris Denning Pace, an event over the distance of 2138m.

Run Fatboy Run is owned by Andrew, Ricky & Earl Gutsell along with Neil Thwaites.

by Chris Barsby

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