Doomben win on menu for Blackboard Special
KEEP an eye on racing at Doomben tomorrow when Wayne Lawson runner Blackboard Special will be going around with a win under its belt.
Lawson is taking the four-year-old gelding back to the scene of its February 14 triumph confident he has turned the corner with his troubled runner.
"He has been a bit of a battle for me," Lawson said. "He's got plenty of ability, but he's had breathing problems, which we've been able to fix with some gear."
Lawson said Blackboard Special sometimes stopped breathing while running and at times was close to fainting when running into the straight.
He also was noted for running off the course, a problem that turned out to be linked to the breathing difficulty.
"The vets couldn't find anything wrong with him, so we thought it's just a habit he's got into," Lawson said.
"We thought his tongue might be the problem, so we tinkered around with tongue bits and eventually got him right.
"We think the breathing problem was affecting him mentally. He was hitting the straight out of breath and just wanting to get off the track."
The problem certainly attracted plenty of attention, with the young galloper making headlines in the national press after his run at Royal Randwick in November 2013.
Heavily backed, he veered out sharply at the 200 metres and knocked down a couple of runners before finishing third.
"It showed how much talent he had he was able to finish third even with a run like that," Lawson said.
A fortnight ago in Brisbane he was touted as the "mystery horse", but had a strong win in a race for horses without a metropolitan win.