In an industry obsessed with early 2yo fame and glory perhaps we are forgetting the virtues of patience and maturity, see exhibit A; Groove With Me trained by Kirsten Mooney at Oakbank.
The 6yo began racing at the end of August last year, kicking off his career in a maiden at Mildura running fifth. Skip forward a preparation and 8 starts later, he has put together consecutive wins with a 7 length romp in his maiden and today a comfortable 1.8 length victory in a tough, professional performance. Kirsten puts it all down to patience:
"He is a beautiful horse and has always showed ability but hasn't been without his issues but we knew we could get him right and with time he could mature at his own speed"
There's been some assistance along the way and it always helps when you have the right people in your corner, enter Groove With Me's breeder and managing owner John Chapple.
"John has been a great supporter of mine and was prepared to bide his time, it's been a long ride with this horse and he's been encouraging the whole time"
The next stop for the evergreen 6yo looks a well deserved Saturday visit to Adelaide, Kirsten is confident he can handle all conditions now and possibly even step up in trip.
"We'll look at a race in two and a half weeks time, he surprised us today with his versatility to handle a different tactic from the wide gate on the good track, he handles the wet as well and may get to a mile at some stage too"
When "Bart" does pop up next he will get recognition for his ability and most importantly act as the perfect advertisement for perseverance in a very tough game.