Outlaw of the stables
HE goes by the stable nick name 'Billy,' named after the outlaw Billy The Kid and according to trainer Felicity Firth Primed To Win lives up to his name as an equine outlaw.
Primed To Win resumes at Grafton tomorrow in the Battlefield Benchmark 70 Hcp (1220m) headed on a path Firth hopes will lead to the South Grafton Cup during the Clarence River Jockey Club's July racing carnival.
"He's not the easiest horse to handle," Firth admitted in frustration. "We named him Billy around the stables because he is a bit of an outlaw.
"He's always been a bit of a lad. He can be a real rat."
Firth admits keeping Primed To Win in check and not injuring himself is a full time occupation.
"He's always on the go, full of himself," she said. "I have to work him at 4am before a lot of other horses get out on the track.
"In the afternoon I put my horses out in the paddock to roam around, Primed To Win doesn't. He has to stay on a lead otherwise he goes berserko.
"On the track isn't an issue. It's beforehand which is the problem. He goes stupid. He's always got a few tricks up his sleeve."
Despite Primed To Win's frustrating antics, Firth has great faith in the son of Primus got as a yearling for $15,000 in Melbourne and raced by a syndicate that also owned Firth's former good galloper Slick Nick.
"He's got plenty of ability, no doubt," Firth said. "But he's still a big, immature leggy bugger."
From 11 starts, the four-year-old has registered three wins and five placing's earning $40,950.
Primed To Win hasn't raced since his third to Dusty's Felt over 1700m at Grafton on January 26, a break of 99 days. The gelding won first-up last preparation over 1203m at Coffs Harbour.
Firth gave Primed To Win a jump out a fortnight back and the gelding's subsequent work has been "very good."
"He hurt his wither after the jump out and has had a few other issues but the chiropractor helped and things have been sorted out," Firth said. "He's worked very well and I do think he'll be hard to beat."