It is a long 6 hour round trip to Swan Hill from Ballarat but when they perform like Breaking Loose did today it’s definitely worth it.
We had said after his last start win that confidence was going to be a key with him.
He had shown more ability than a 9 start maiden and was finally getting out to a suitable trip and today that proved true again.
A positive ride from Neil Farley set the horse up well throughout the race giving him every chance, settling beautifully and allowing him to extend in the last few furlongs of the mile and a half trip.
In his past two runs he has won by a collective 8 lengths.
To put two races together like that is particularly exciting. Going from a maiden to a BM64 is often challenging for horses but Breaking Loose has just been the beneficiary of time and patience.
Stayers often show you something early in their career if they have ability but often take a few preparations to get the miles into their legs and put it all together.
When they get their head around their craft and physically develop into a mature horse they can race for several years with great prize money around and be a pleasure to train.
Results like today are there culmination of several years work but can be just the beginning for a horse of his frame and mentality.
A few weeks between runs was the result of us waiting for the right race to place him in and that’s the same approach we’ll take again for his next time out.
Hopefully we will be returning to the winners stall with him again soon.
Thanks again to the owners who allowed us to take a patient approach with him and have stuck with him through to now in his career.