only has a small team of horses in work but it’s already been a successful week for the Shelbourne horseman.
Based near Bendigo in Victoria’s Goldfields region, the experienced trainer produced George Street Lad to win at Ararat on Tuesday night.
But he’s hoping the momentum continues to Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday when he lines up the rejuvenated Greek To Me in the BIG6 Jackpot Battle Of The Claimers Final.
Since claiming the now 10-year-old gelding 18 months ago, he had struggled to win a race.
There were a couple of handy placings and plenty of promising signs but the stable just couldn’t bed down that win.
“We’d been mixing and matching the drivers a little bit and some of them sort of chose not to listen because you want them to go forward because he can’t really sit and sprint so we just tried Jason (Lee, driver) because he has a good record on front running horses,” Latter said.
“He’s a nice horse who has just had a few niggling injuries. We’ve just had to keep plugging away and keeping him happy, he ran a few good races sitting in the death and things like that but he just hadn’t had a lot of luck.”
A win at big odds two starts back was followed by a blistering 1:54.9 success at Melton in a heat of Friday’s race.
The tide has seemingly turned and drawn barrier three this week, there will be no loafing if the son ofcan’t find the front according to Latter.
“It’s sort of his go to just get out and keep running, he can’t really sit back and sprint he just has to be up there and rolling so hopefully we can do that on Friday night,” he said.
“His last two starts have probably been as good as he has gone for me, that’s for sure; he’s going good at the minute.
“He’s an old horse but he’s still pretty athletic, we’ll just keep nursing him and he should go for a little while longer yet.”
That longevity is hard to argue with given he ran his best ever mile rate the week he turned 10.
And given he has been out of the metropolitan winners stall for so long, the drop back rule means options are starting to open up for the winner of 23 races.
With the Claiming Masters just around the corner, Latter won’t be devoid of options in the coming months.
“We’ve dropped back to an M1 now which helps a little bit but if he runs well this week which we are expecting then we’ll probably tackle the bigger claimer (Claiming Masters) but you get some pretty good horses in that series,” he said.
Greek To Me is considered a $12 chance, according to Harness Racing Victoria price assessor Jason Bonnington, in an even race.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria