Patience For Pauling
Dec 30, 2013
A reward for patience was Pauling's victory at Mornington on Monday, the seven-year-old having only his 12th start and his first since April, his road to the races a difficult one with many obstacles placed in his way!
A horse who created a good impression when saluting at his Moonee Valley debut in March 2012, Pauling had been sparingly raced since, having needed time off after a track accident saw him suffer from cuts to his front legs and chest.
Back in work from that set-back, he started to make throat noises - subsequently requiring a wind operation and another break.
A virus struck Pauling on his comeback from that and once he'd shaken that off he suffered from a tendon injury.
Frustrating times for owner/breeder Greg Sceney but he and Michael have been happy to persevere, always confident that Pauling had more than his faire share of ability.
"The form from his debut win really stood up well," Greg said - noting that subsequent Group winners Durnford and Zabeelionaire emerged from that race.
Doing a great job when resuming over 2400m under the steadier of 60kg, Pauling settled just off mid-field for Brad Rawiller, straightening up a couple of lengths off the rivals before rounding them up over the final stages.
His last stride win was "exciting" for Greg who is confident that Pauling still has plenty to offer - "he is still just a big baby really," he said - "still maturing."
Greg was pleased to see Pauling resume over 2400m, noting that "he is an out-and-out stayer so there is no point starting him over shorter trips."
Greg also bred and raced Pauling's dam Roadhouse Blues who, having had four years off after producing Pauling, has a two-year-old full sister to him and she foaled a colt by Epsom Derby hero Authorized in early October.
"He is a lovely, leggy staying type," Greg said of the foal - and he is also thrilled with the way in which his two-year-old - currently in work with us - is shaping.
Meanwhile he hopes Pauling can measure up to the summer series of staying races that culminate in a final at Sandown over 4000m, assured that the son of Makybe Diva's sire Desert King will stay all day - "he just keeps running and running," he said.