ODDLY-NAMED or genius advertising?
That can easily be the question with Yep Got Chooks.
Sure it’s a tag which lends itself to curiosity, but the answer is quite simple according to trainer and co-owner Chris Frisby.
“Dennis Wilson pretty much named him for us,” Frisby said. “It’s a slogan I use through my business and one day Dennis was yelling it out and said ‘you’ve got to use it as a name’.
“Because I own this bloke I decided to use the name on him.”
Despite his odd moniker, Yep Got Chooks is developing into a talented pacer as indicated by his success at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night.
Driven by Anthony Frisby, Yep Got Chooks was restrained towards the tail of the field from his wide draw as The Irish Eagle led from gate six.
Taken three-wide on the home turn, the son of Western Terror unleashed a strong sprint to score by a neck from the pacemaker, with Cee For Colin two metres away third.
Covering the mile in 1:54.4, Yep Got Chooks stretched his record to three wins and four placings from 13 starts for earnings of $32,430.
“He’ll be a good horse when he learns to race,” Frisby said. “He was going to go straight past the leader in his first heat, but when he got his head in front he thought ‘I’ve done my part’ and switched off.
“Given he had something to chase all the way to the finish he stayed focused last night.
“He will go to a paddock now as I decide where to next.
“The problem is his rating…he is in the 60s now which makes it tough.
“Under the previous system he’d be a C1 or C2, but now he has got to go straight into the better horses on points.
“Given the grade he is at I may as well have a look at the better three-year-old races. Even though he may not be ready for those, taking on the higher class older horses as it won’t be that much different.”