PATRICK BEGLEY can’t quite work out his stable star Bitenrun.
But the ‘serious hobby trainer’ from Cumbalum produced the six-year-old for a stunning first-up win at Lismore on Saturday when the bookies had him a $22 chance.
With no first-up form since he was bridesmaid way back as a two-year-old, all signs suggest praise would be in order for a commendable training effort.
But Begley wouldn’t have it.
“Forget about the training effort, he is a fair little horse – just with a few problems,” Begley said.
The son of Bite The Bullet was in the paddock for a little over four months leading into his seventh victory at the weekend.
An arduous 11-month campaign and the ‘problems’ mentioned by his trainer the reason.
“Last preparation he looked terrible in the coat, and I still don’t know why,” Begley said.
“He gets skin infections so I had his bloods done (but) the vet came up with nothing.”
A good rest in a nice paddock seemed to do wonders for the better of Begley’s two horses which he owns and trains, though he still looked woolly in the coat.
Adding the blinkers also seemed to fire up the old boy – a secret weapon which Begley laments can last only so long.
“The blinkers were a blessing today but they can also be a curse,” he said. “Once he gets up past 1300m they will have to come off I reckon because he will go too hard.”
Bitenrun has won up to a mile but his trainer is keen to get him over even further if things pan out.
“If I can sort out his problems I reckon he can win a few more races and possibly a good one,” he said.
Begley bought his star at the Gold Coast Magic Millions ready to run sales for $16,500 in 2006. His career earnings are now $47,050.