Racey Louie storms home to score on Synthetic track

Aug 20, 2013

Racey Louie’s racing pattern did not inspire confidence from trainer Mandy Shillito but the six-year-old sailed down the centre of the Geelong Synthetic track to post a comfortable win in the EJ Whitten Foundation Handicap (1300m).

Racey Louie prefers to settle at the back of the field in his races, which can make life difficult for him, but he had no trouble rounding up his opposition in the $15,000 contest.

“I can hardly be confident when he sits last like that,” Shillito said. “It frustrates me but I thought he’d run a nice race here.

“It frustrates me but it was good today.

“I thought it would be a great run if he runs a place because he gets back.”

The son of Untouchable outstripped his trainer’s expectations, settling in his customary position at the back of the field before improving into the race under apprentice Patrick Moloney from the 700 metres.

Racey Louie rounded the home turn as the widest runner but regained his balance early in the straight before Moloney guided him past the entire field to score by a length.

Moloney’s handling of Racey Louie drew praise from the winning trainer, who added she would keep the lightly-raced galloper to shorter distances this time in.

“He (Moloney) was patient enough to sit and wait,” Shillito said. “His only instructions were that he takes a long time to wind into it and he (Moloney) did everything right. He did a good job.

“We tried getting him (Racey Louie) over ground and we found by the end of the prep that he was just too tired doing the work to get there so we put him out for three weeks to get him up for a shorter race and he was ready for it.

“I think we’ll keep him fresh and over a mid-distance.”

The win was Racey Louie’s second from 11 starts. Congratulations to his owners - Darren Connell, Sylvia Kreutzer and Margaret Atkinson, Rod Pickett, Steve Rodgers, Darryl Summerfield, Wayne Testro – on their latest success.

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