WHAT began as a testing relationship has developed into a formidable partnership.
Admitting she didn’t like Im The Boss when they first came into contact, reinswoman Kima Frenning now regards the son of Major In Art as her favourite.
Given the pair have won four of their last five starts, it’s easy to understand why Frenning has changed her opinion.
“I didn’t like him when he first got to David’s (Aiken, trainer) stable,” Frenning said. “He has little tricks about him and wants to kick or bite you when he feels like it.
“Now that I’ve driven him so many times and gotten to know him better, I love him.
“He’s my favourite horse, especially given the way he races. He just never gives up and puts everything he has into his races.”
Frenning and Im The Boss were at their best last night when they combined to capture the Shepparton Cup.
Beginning quickly in search of the lead from barrier four, Im The Boss was settled behind Cruz Bromac, which found the front from gate seven.
Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, Im The Boss sprinted to a metre-and-a-half win from his stablemate, Lennytheshark, with Brallos Pass a half-head away third.
Rating 1:56.1 over 2690 metres, the six-year-old slashed 1.4 seconds from the track record held by his former stablemate, Hectorjayjay.
“He did such a great job,” Frenning said. “I could feel he was tired towards the end, but he just kept finding.
“I did feel a little bad beating Lenny and as soon as I crossed the line I said ‘sorry Aiks’, but he was rapt we won and Lenny went so well.”
By finishing second Lennytheshark became the first Australian standardbred stallion to earn more than $3million, with his bankroll sitting on $3,002,585.