Lauren Abbott scores first win for OnTrack
Immature three year-old Calcareous broke through for a character building win at his first start for new trainer Lauren Abbott on the final day of the time honoured Grafton July carnival.
Now a rangy grey gelding by Not A Single Doubt, Calcareous had shown good ability at the trials for Toby and Trent Edmonds before being switched to Lauren Abbott in an attempt to try and unlock his quirky personality.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan explains that Calcareous has been an immature horse with ability, but has required some left field thinking after disappointing at his only start.
“Calcareous has been very immature mentally and has really taken a long time to grow up after disappointing on debut in his first prep," said Morgan.
“We gelded him, but last prep after three trials he just wasn’t holding condition and enjoying training so we bit the bullet and turned him back out without racing.
“He appeared to me as one of those horses not ideally suited to bigger stable life so I thought we would try him with a smaller stable which might be able to get in between his ears and work out what makes him tick.
Morgan turned to Brisbane trainer Lauren Abbott.
“Lauren does plenty of beach work and has him going on and off floats all the time. This has made him a bit tougher and has made him grow up.
“As a result he seems to be enjoying his work and holding his condition much better.
“I think its also been good that Lauren rides much of her own work, enabling her to get to know his quirks and traits.
“This is the first horse Lauren has had for us, but I’ve known her for a long time and have every confidence in her ability. I’m thrilled she has been able to get an immediate result and I hope it helps put her on the map,” said Morgan
Calcareous is out of the grey Reset mare Warpath who won 7 races for John O’Shea, including a Listed win in Sydney over 1600m.
“I have no doubt he will be a better 4yo and 5yo and is likely to get out to a mile like his dam did. I think that this family gets better with time although they all show ability early.
“But we really needed to change things up with him as he could have been a horse that slipped right through the cracks,” said Morgan.
Warpath is now the dam of 6 six to race for 6 winners, including Group 2 winner Positive Peace. She is also the dam of last week’s impressive Eagle Farm winner Rotator, a four year-old full sister to Calcareous now being prepared by David Vandyke.
Andrew Mallyon partnered Calcareous to victory at Grafton, but much of the ground work for success was laid by fellow rider James Orman.
“Jimmy (Orman) has ridden him a fair bit in a jump out and gallops to get him ready for this. It was unfortunate he couldn’t take the ride due to other commitments at the Sunshine Coast,” said Morgan.
Congratulations to Calcareous owners: Sean Reilly, David & Sue Worthley, Grojo Racing (Manager Brett Grogan), Paul Kitching, David Moretti, Mark Ostermeyer, Ricky & Reg Kim, Russell Neave, Tracey Lindstrom, Andrew Wellington, Dr Andrew Terluk, Nicole Lennox, Ken Stocks, Colin McFarlane, Brady Crowe, Stuart Cadzow, Stephen Carroll, Paul Ashley, Jenny Ball, Scott Boole, Tony Browning, Brian Cadusch, Darren Chiswick, Gary Egan, David Garnett, Trevor McPhail, Wendy Meppem, Gary Nelson, Troy O’Neil, Melissa Taylor & Peter Viney.