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Results and reputation

02:32 PM 13 Nov 2020 NZDT
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He's Watching,Harness racing
He’s Watching
SOMETIMES the measure of a stallions success at stud rests not only on his standing on the premiership table, but his reputation with trainers.
Careers can blossom or plummet based on what “he or she" has said.
Some are so successful that the “mail", no matter how negative, are still irresistible to owners and trainers alike.
And some get the winners and the acclaim of their trainers.
Former USTA two year old of the year He's Watching is one of them.
The 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner, and still the fastest horse on the planet despite been retired seven years ago, stands in New South Wales this seaon and its trainers in his new home state leading the chorus of praise.
Star Menangle horseman Jason Grimson is generally considered guarded and not one to use three words when two will suffice.
However, even Grimson struggles to hide his enthusiasm when it comes to Experia, a New Zealand bred  three year old son of Hes Watching.
“I absolutely love him.... he is very good,” beamed Grimson.
“He has had the two starts for me and both have been easy wins and I can’t see why that won’t continue in the foreseeable future.”
Experia was purchased out of the shaky isle with big wraps on him by Tim Butt and scored a good debut win at Menangle but his seven subsequent runs netted just one third place before Grimson purchased the imposing looking gelding.
He scored a soft win at Menangle first up but it was his latest outing at Bathurst which emphasised Grimson's huge opinion of him.
Racing well out of his class, Experia led and smashed a quality field, roaring home his last half in 55.5 seconds to win in the easiest fashion.
“He had an abscess burst out after his first win and since then has gone to a whole new level,” Grimson said.
“I put him in at Bathurst way out of his class because to be honest, it didn’t matter what was in it, he wasn’t going to be beaten.”
So impressed with Experia, Grimson has recommended Hes Watching to all of his clients who are breeding this season.
“He has speed, strength, brains and character.” Grimson said of Experia.
“And I know I am only forming an opinion on one horse, but id love in the years to come to have horses like this coming into my stable so its easy for me to be a He's Watching fan.”
Another leading New South Welshman to share Grimson’s sentiment is Jackson Painting.
Painting has partnered Silent Rapture, another NZ bred 3yo import, to two wins from as many starts, the first at Albury by a whopping 45 metres.
“She is a beautiful filly, she’s fast, a good eater, as a matter of fact there isn’t a box she doesn’t tick,” Painting said.
“So much so that we are sending a number of mares to He's Watching this season.
“Its amazing to think that Silent Rapture can leave such an impression, but she has.
“Add that with the fact He's Watching is leaving elite level horses all over the world and at a $2500 service fee is clearly the best value stallion in Australia.
“All I can say is you would want to have a great reason not to be using Hes Watching, because I wouldn’t be breeding anywhere else.”
High praise from two of the brightest young stars of the sport, but with only two crops of racing age, including Group 1 and Group 2 winners, He's Watching is their equine equivalent with the record and now reputation to ensure his rise up the premiership tables.
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