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    Ain’t as good as I once was…but I’m as good once as I ever was! Ain’t as good as I once was…but I’m as good once as I ever was!

    SHANE HOBAN is not looking forward to a quick back-up

    THERE was a time when ‘downing a few’ following a win before backing up the next night was an effortless endeavour. But as per... Ain’t as good as I once was…but I’m as good once as I ever was!

    THERE was a time when ‘downing a few’ following a win before backing up the next night was an effortless endeavour.

    But as per Toby Keith’s hit “As good as I once was”, those days slip into the annals of youth whether you’re willing to accept it or not.

    As you progress further into life’s journey, it takes a little longer than 24 hours to recover from what would once have been considered a mild celebration.

    That’s the realisation veteran trainer Shane Hoban had to come to grips with this morning.

    Preparing Good Heart to score in Cranbourne last night, Hoban and the trotter will be in action again in Melton this evening, with only the latter showing signs of being in the right condition for the task ahead.

    For Hoban it is a case “I ain’t as good as I once was…but I’m as good once as I ever was”!

    Coasting through last night fits into the “as good once as I ever was” part of the equation, acknowledging it’ll be a battle to back-up is the “ain’t as good as I once was” reality.

    “Guru (long time friend, Graeme Wilson) and I were downing a few after the win, which is pretty standard,” Hoban said. “Unfortunately, feeling it the next morning has become the new standard.

    “I got through one night just fine, but returning for the second night straight away isn’t as easy as it used to be.

    “Good Heart has pulled up a treat and was bright as a button this morning, me on the other hand, not so much!”

    Driven by Chris Alford during his triumph, Good Heart will be partnered by John Caldow this time around.

    The son of Father Patrick has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier two.

    “You wouldn’t even know he went around last night,” Hoban said. “He’s ready to go again and I expect him to run another solid race.

    “Ideally, he will come away with another win, whether I can handle the follow-up drink or six remains to be seen.”

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