SOMEONE obviously forgot to remind Rambo Mick that he had spent 514 days away from the racetrack.
Certainly he was not expected to feature in the finish of the NBN Television Pace at Maitland on Monday.
Well the result was better than expected with Rambo Mick showing he has still got it when the six-year-old quickly took the lead and went on to score an all-the-way win!
Trained at Maitland by Laura Spencer, who took the reins behind the Perfect Union-Ruby Rambo horse, the relief showing on her face even before hitting the finish line.
“I wasn’t expecting him to win at all,” grinned Spencer on returning to scale.
“He has been through a fair bit with tendon trouble and it was just good to see him get back to the track.
“He is still so fat but at least he is sound.”
Laura Spencer was also surprised that Rambo Mick was sent out as favourite, but not disappointed.
“Going off the horse’s ability-wise he deserved to be favourite and I do think from his previous form he deserved to be,” she said.
Rambo Mick has had 29 race starts for six wins and three placings and a return to racing on his home track looked at ease with the task at hand.
“We have been doing a lot of work with him, like swimming and Dad and Peter Allen have been helping me,” she said.
“It has actually taken a couple of goes for us to get him back to the track.”
Rambo Mick was pumped for the outing and crossed the field straight up to take the lead from the five barrier.
“He was fired up and we got away with a 65s half,” said Spencer.
“Zac McCool (Josh Gallagher) was racing out in the breeze from the start but at the 400 mark we slipped away – he got revved up.
“He always had a good sprint and he travelled nicely in the race – I just pulled the plugs and let him roll along.”
With no pressure Rambo Mick scored by 8.4m from Styx Vixen (Glenn Bull) with Zac McCool a half neck away third.
Spencer went on to drive a winning double after also taking the Bevan Pringle-trained Architecture to a win in the TAB.Com. Au Pace.
“He definitely gave my arms a good workout” said Spencer of Architecture.
“We went to the top and kept running.
“It ended up being a good day at the track.”