A Winning Work In Progress
Aug 09, 2017
"A work in progress" is how Ryan Maloney described Son Of City who was so impressive overcoming trouble in running to record a gutsy victory at Pakenham on Tuesday.
"He has been known to over-do it at times," Maloney said - happy that after 12 starts the handy chestnut is beginning to figure it all out.
"He is starting to turn the corner, he settled quite well today - there was probably only one point early when he wanted to over-race but after a furlong he came back underneath me."
Whilst Maloney - and those watching - were happy with Son Of City's progress during the run (taking a sit fourth along the rails) - he was concerned when the runs closed coming into the straight.
"There were a few explicits going on in my head and I am sure there were in Robbie's too!" he laughed.
"Pakenham can be such a momentum track which can be a horse's undoing," he said.
But Son Of City made his own luck late, barging through when a gap did appear and getting clear late to record his second victory after his Echuca maiden in late May.
"To his credit he had the class over them and he showed it at the end, he was the best horse in the race."
Whilst Son Of City has been kept to shorter trips so far, Maloney is confident that he will be get over a bit more ground - "we have always thought that he could stretch out a bit and he probably can now that he is starting to settle a lot better."
A son of Larneuk Stud's quiet achiever Ilovethiscity, Son Of City is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Tullia, daughter of the Flemington winner Booker Mary. She is a regular visitor to Ilovethiscity and we have her daughter Ilovethisgirl in the stable.