Day At The Track

Romero's faith being rewarded

04:02 PM 09 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Peter Romero with Wingara

Heartbroken when his handy youngster Bobydeane broken down, harness racing trainer Peter Romero has continued to be frustrated by his association with the pacer.

Two starts after winning the Cec Berger Memorial in December 2007, Bobydeane’s career was ended by injury.

Sending the mare to stud, Romero then endured the disappointment of the mare ‘slipping’, before her second foal – a filly – passed away.

Fast forward three years and Romero is being rewarded for his faith and patience in the shape of Bobydeane’s third foal….Wingara.

By Dawn Ofa New Day, the three-year-old has won his two starts, including yesterday’s $25,000 George Croxford Tribute at Wangaratta.

Thrilled with Wingara’s progress, Romero is confident the gelding can work his way through the grades.

“He is a very nice type,” Romero said. “He still has a lot to learn, but is doing so well.

“I only gave him one trial, which he won, before he had his first start, so he has only been out on the track against others horses three times.

“I’m sure he will keep improving as he gains experience.”

Driven by Nathan Jack, Wingara led throughout to score by five-and-a-half metres from Somelovesomewhere, with Glenferrie Bronte 10 metres away third.

Covering the last half in 58.4 seconds, Wingara rated 1:59.8 for the 2210 metres.

“He did it quite easily and Nathan said he felt strong on the line,” Romero said. “I will give him a few more runs locally to gain experience before I freshen him up.

“He is in the Vicbred Super Series and that’s the way I will head with him.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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