Harness racing trainer Steve Lock always has a small team around him, usually made up of other trainers castoffs and horses that appear to be on their mark.
It doesn't stop him winning the odd race here and there but there can be a long break between drinks.
One of Steve's horses that has been knocking on the door for a while now is the nine year old Grant Your Wishes gelding Snow Boy.
Bred by well known Canterbury trainer ,Maurice O'Leary and his wife Shirley, Snow Boy started his career with Phil Anderson in Canterbury having his first start just one day short of his sixth birthday.
After three unimpressive runs, Snow Boy was moved to the the Craig Laurenson barn at Edendale for whom he had twenty two starts for for just three placings.
It was at that point that Snow Boy found his way into the Lock barn.
Taking a while to find his feet in his new surroundings, Snow Boy has been knocking on the door for that elusive with his last fifteen starts netting six seconds and four thirds, mostly with junior driver Rory McIIwrick in the bike.
In the Dunedin City Ford Trot at Forbury tonight ,New Zealands leading reinsman Dexter Dunn was in the bike for the first time.
Away first in the 2200 meters stand, Snow Boy took a trail after 200 meters and was three back on the inner soon after that.
Angling out into the parked position at the 1200 meters mark, he again received cover with 900 meters to go.
Angled three wide by Dexter as they swung for home, Snow Boy took the length of the straight to get his head in front in the last five strides for a well overdue win.
It was Snow Boys first win from 58 starts and along with his 17 placings took his stake earnings to $16,360.
While it may have taken 58 starts for Snow Boy to win his first race, in his present form another win may not be that far away.
Steve Lock then went on to combined with Dunn for a rare double when in form pacer Blazing Bracelet was successful in a later race. The win was just Lock's third win at Forbury Park in the last seven years. All three of them have come this season with two of them tonight.