TIME and patience were rewarded at Globe Derby yesterday.
Having spent “countless hours” nurturing handy youngster Lets Go There, trainer Robbie Caton was thrilled when the son of Art Major registered an overdue victory.
Having his fourth start for the South Australian horseman, Lets Go There had finished second during his three previous outings.
“I’m rapt to see him win…he’s been building up to it,” Caton said. “He has had his share of issues, with the vet at one stage saying he will never race again.
“He’s got a bone chip in his hock, but the main issue is his P1 and P2 joints open up, which can make him sore.
“It’s kind of like walking with cracked heals in summer and you feel it each time you put your foot down.
“We’ve spent countless hours working on him and it is very satisfying to see him going so well.
“He’s done a lot of swimming and plenty of time is spent managing his feet.”
Driven by Caton’s partner Tiana McMahon, Lets Go There was eased to the tail of the field from his outside of the front row draw while Dance All Night worked to the lead from barrier three.
Angled three-wide at the bell, the son of Art Major sustained a strong run to account for Dance All Night and Alcatraz Lass in 2:00.2 over 1800 metres.
“I was pretty confident with him, but was wary of the draw,” Caton said. “In the end we decided it was best to go back, settle and then drive him like he was the best horse in the race.
“He will go to Mildura next to try to pick up his Vicbred bonus then after that Ill see how he pulls up before finding another suitable race.”