Caulfield hobby trainer Geoff Wheeler knows better than to walk onto a racetrack with anything but a skerrick of confidence after 1460 days without a winner.
Even with a deserved favourite, Black Beau Tie, in Tuesday’s 1623m two-year-old maiden at Moe.
It is a family affair for Wheelers, with wife Debbie and ex-jockey son Reece among the ownership quintet, who forked out $11,000 for the gelded son of Denman out of a Galileo mare.
“He was a lucky dip for me,” Wheeler said.
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“Nothing (stood out in the sales ring), he was a cheapie (and) we wanted him.
“I had a look at the horse and I said he’s a beauty, a black beauty, so my wife (Debbie) named him Black Beau Tie.
“If you put it together it’s B-E-A-U-T-I-E, see.”
Black Beau Tie has run on nicely to place at Pakenham in his past two starts to push humble career earnings to a tick under $7000.
Is Tuesday the day? The Wheelers hopes so.
“Every time I get confident something happens,” Wheeler said.
“He’s such a big animal and only just learning his trade, he’s just a big baby.
“He’s knocking on the till but he can’t open it.”
Wheeler, who notably trained fast filly She Can Skate, kept horses in the backyard (literally) living opposite Caulfield racecourse, until four years ago when they sold up the Manchester Grove house.
But a friendship with exiled Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon kept the dream alive for Wheeler, gifted a box to use at Aquanita.
“I’m just lucky they look after me,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler will be trackside at Moe but hasn’t even thought about giving a post-race interview.
“If you go in too confident it can make you look slow,” Wheeler said.
“His career is just starting, when he gets to the 2000m-2400m it will be a totally different ball game.”
Thoroughbred action in Victoria heads to Moe on Tuesday afternoon.Source:News Corp Australia
RACEDAY FOCUS: MOE
BEST BET: TITAN I AM (Race 1, No. 13 $5)
Two-year-old colt resumed nicely at Cranbourne first up, at only second career start, to finish third behind Kubrick. Won’t need to improve much to be winning this.
NEXT BET: BLACK BEAU TIE (Race 3, No. 1 $2.40)
Should be suited by the draw and distance after positive runs at Pakenham. The $11,000 will be better over longer but gets his chance on Tuesday.
VALUE BET: MAKE IT COUNT (Race 7, No. 13 $5)
Gelded son of Snitzel snuck home at Warrnambool last start sitting on the speed. It can be hard to back up a maiden victory but capable, from smart stable.
BLACK BEAU TIE (Race 3, No. 1 $2.40)
“He’s run mighty the last two starts … we’re just waiting to win one.”
Jye McNeil has three strong chances at Moe on Tuesday.Source:Getty Images
BLAZING ENGINE (Race 2, No. 11 $8)
Favourite looks hard to beat but should get every chance from low draw from champion stable.
GREEN IVY (Race 4, No. 2 $1.25)
Shown talent previously but extremely short for a maiden after 10 starts. Would want to be winning and well.
PEMBROKE ISLE (Race 6, No. 5 $3.50)
Deep in campaign but romped in finally last start. Market moves a bonus.
Originally published as 1460 days without a winner but is this the day?
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