TIME mixed with ‘the cruellest cut’ appear to have been the perfect combination for Malcolms Rhythm.
Racing consistently as a freshman Malcolms Rhythm kept running solid fourths and fifths before trainer David Aiken made a decision to geld and spell the son of Art Major last May.
Returning to racing a fortnight ago, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase is unbeaten from two starts, including last night’s Group Two Home Grown Classic.
“During his first preparation he showed he had ability but just wasn’t racing as well as he could,” Aiken said.
“He’s on the bigger side so I felt he just needed a bit more time so I sent him for a break and gelded him at the same time.
“He has come back a lot better this time and should continue to improve with racing.”
Driven by in-form reinswoman Kima Frenning, Malcolms Rhythm settled midfield from barrier four as Shoshone Brave led from two.
Angled three-wide leaving the back straight, Malcolms Rhythm grab the lead halfway along the stretch before staving off a late challenge from Zoliver to score by a half-head.
Out To Play was a metre-and-a-half away third.
“He did well,” Aiken said. “It got close at the finish, but he was holding them off and got the job done.
“That was main aim this time in, so I will keep him ticking over for a little while and see how he progresses.”