Apr 10, 2018
With the early pace slow in the 2050m maiden at Moe on Monday it looked as though favourite Slick Back was going to have the job ahead but fortunately a few of his rivals made early runs, injecting some speed into the race as he bided his time back in the field.
Settling around midfield for much of the race, Slick Back ended up a bit further back as others went around him but he was always travelling well for Noel Callow who had him out into the clear before the turn.
As Jeparit got clear into the straight, Slick Back began to chase, showing good heart over the final stages - getting there late before putting half a length on the runner up.
"He landed in a beautiful spot early but it was quite evidence that the leader was going way too slowly,'' Michael Kent Jnr noted. "But then they took off and thankfully Noel got into a nice spot out the back and got him into the clear."
"It was nice to see him finish off and win as he has had a fair bit of bad luck during his short career."
"He is a nice staying three-year-old, a good looking horse who has a bit of quality about him," he added, "and there is plenty on offer for him at this time of year - he will possibly head to down in the next few weeks."
Arriving from New Zealand five months ago, Slick Back has "thrived in the stables" and now looks ready to go right on with it.
"It was a bit of a messy race," Noel Callow said, "but he was the best horse in the race as shown by the way he pulled but was still able to win - he was just too good."
A home-bred for Nevin Botica, Slick Back is by the four times Gr.1 winner Azamour who sadly died young four years ago. She is a half-sister to the Gr.3 galloper Spirit Bird out of the imported Rock Of Gibraltar mare Press Leak.
Served last spring by Charm Spirit having foaled a Dalghar colt in late September, Press Leak is out of the stakes winning Seeking The Gold mare Sneaky Quiet.