Nov 12, 2013
Despite a rise in weight – asked to carry the steadier of 60kg in a ratings event at Mornington on Monday – Fire Truck proved too strong for his rivals over 2025m.
Appreciating a drop in class and distance, the lightly raced five-year-old got back from his wide gate and was nicely rated by Peter Mertens.
Edging closer from the 600m, Fire Truck was the clear leader approaching the turn – kicking a couple of lengths in front with 200m to go and holding that
impressive margin to the line.
Recording the second win of his 15 start career, Fire Truck looked to have plenty in hand and Mertens is confident that the gelding can measure up to better things.
“His mind can switch off pretty easily,” he said, “but he can let down well.”
Noting that Fire Truck is still learning how to be a racehorse, he said that on his
work he can “progress to midweek city class.”
A $290,000 Easter graduate by champion sire Encosta de Lago, Fire Truck is raced by Peter Lord. Bred by Rick Jamieson (Black Caviar), he is the first foal produced by the imported Fantastic Light mare Jollity from a superb international family that produced the champion race and broodmare Miesque – ten times Group One winning dam of leading stallion Kingmambo.