Hermanito carried Ontrack’s all gold colours to their second win in consecutive days with a gritty display to win at Sandown today.
The previous day promising colt Branksome Chimes cleared maidens with a hollow win at Ballarat for Ontrack, trainer Darren Weir and rider Brad Rawiller, and it was the same connections sharing Hermanito’s maiden win.
A full-brother to Ontrack’s champion sprinter Brazen Beau, Hermanito was having his fifth race start after being placed in all his previous four starts. The horse is aptly named as Hermanito is Spanish for “little brother”.
Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan said Hermanito was bought privately from breeder Bernie Howlett as a foal.
“When Brazen Beau showed so much ability we reached an agreement with Bernie and many of the shareholders in Beau joined in the ownership group to race this bloke.
“While he is a full-brother to Brazen Beau, he is a different animal in many ways. He is a longer and taller horse and has always been a horse that needed time.
He gives the impression that he will get over a longer trip, whereas Beau had to confirmation of an out and out sprinter.
“This bloke has taken a lot longer than Beau to pick up the racing game, but he is getting better with each race and Darren Weir has done a fantastic job to have him in the money every start.
“Where he ends up remains to be seen but he is tough, and game and it won’t surprise to see him stretch out in trip as he matures and strengthens,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful rider Brad Rawiller was on Hermanito for the first time and admitted to having to earn his riding fee.
“Even though he was having his fifth start today, he is still very green and tended to float a lot during the running.
“He got away okay and relaxed, but he relaxed too much and when I went for him in the straight he started to float. It’s like the penny hasn’t dropped with him.
“He gives me the impression he has got more to give so it could be that he’s still learning his craft and his minds not on the job.
“He was going away from them on the line and I’m confident that he will be better suited over more ground,” said Brad Rawiller.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Sansadee 14 Syndicate, Judy Coleman, Denis and Margaret Frew, Mancinelli Family Syndicate, Lang Brothers Racing, Murray Cornelius, BB Racing, Beau River Racing.