May 29, 2017
It may have taken the promising Son Of City a few runs to break through but he chose a good day to do so, the 1100m maiden at Echuca on Sunday one with plenty of lovely VOBIS bonuses!
Sent out favourite having run so boldly when second at his previous start at Pakenham, the bright chestnut was a little fractious in the gates and not the best away - ending up in an awkward position back on the rails.
However he travelled well there, jockey Brad Rawiller allowing him to find his feet, mindful that in the past Son Of City has been inclined to get his mouth open and over-race.
"You could give him a squeeze and be that length closer in the running," he said, "but then the horse will want to go on with it and be one-paced at the end."
And so Rawiller was patient and when the gaps came in the run home the horse had plenty to give, dashing up along the rails with 150m to go and getting clear to win by a smart 1 1/2 lengths.
"He is a horse who you can't make any early use of," Reid Balfour said, happy with Rawiller's calm ride.
"Brad just relaxed on him and let him do his own thing. He crept into the race, went to come out at the corner, got baulked a little bit, went back to the inside."
"That's why you put these guys on, they don't panic when things go wrong."
Describing Son Of City as "a slow learner," Balfour has noted steady improvement in the young horse from start to start.
"He was a bit better last time and he improved again today, he is slowly getting the idea. Hopefully he keeps learning and goes to the next level."
"He was terrific today," Rawiller said - "there was really good speed on for the first 100m which was a big positive for him. Off a good speed he was always going to prove hard to beat."
"He is still raw," he added, but I like the way he quickens, he is a nice horse."
Raced by the Hodgett, Oldfield and McKeown families, Son Of City is, as his name suggests, by the Randwick Guineas winner Ilovethiscity who stands at Larneuk Stud, Euroa.
His full sister Ilovethisgirl, who won a Cranbourne trial just last week, is also a member of the stable and their dam Tullia has revisited Ilovethiscity each of the last three seasons.