For 2YO Gohan Timing Really Is Everything

In the horse racing and thoroughbred breeding industries one of the most vital components on which successful results are born is timing.

It seems so simplistic really to think that the dependency on timing plays such a pivotal role in two of the country’s biggest industries,

So, it is and what perfect timing was delivered by the raw Callaghan Park win in Rockhampton last week of the Mick Attard trained Carrara young male Gohan.

The win could not have come at a better time for Bruce Watts of Riverside Thoroughbreds, Alton Downs as he will offer a number of yearlings by resident stallion Carrara at the Capricornia Yearling Sales on Sunday, April 8.

A son of the Speeding Fine mare and three times winner Fine Sharika, young Gohan was making his race debut in the $26,000 QTIS 2YO Maiden (1100m) on March 8.

In a storming finish the Mick Attard trained youngster “found the line”, an attribute which will stand him in good stead for his grand final in the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 7.

Bred by Central Queensland’s Christine Matton who raced the dam Fine Sharika, the juvenile is raced by Christine and trainer Mick Attard’s wife Sharon.

Offered at last year’s CYS in Rockhampton, Gohan was retained when bidding stopped at just $4500 which in some ways was a blessing in disguise for Christine Matton.

Mick Attard took a liking to what he saw of Gohan at the sales and shortly after his wife Sharon formed a partnership with Christine to race the colt.

It was a fortuitous decision as his debut win netted $17,600.

“I liked him from early days and he didn’t let me down when I put him into early training. He (Gohan) always showed some promise and when the work stepped-up he kept in tune with some of my older horses in trackwork. Really the win last week did not come as a complete surprise”, Attard said last night.

He said there was “loads of improvement” with Gohan who was still really learning how to gallop.

“I am toying with the idea of putting winkers on him in his work so his concentration level can improve. I’ll just see but fitness wise and experience wise he will be all the better for last week’s win”, Attard said.

Gohan will go into the Classic without another start as the trainer said his training venue was designed to allow the horses to be paddocked during the day which means their movement is not restricted.

“It keeps them happy’’, Attard said ‘’and that is what it is all about”.

Happy is exactly the way Riverside’s Bruce Watts feels as he has great faith in his GR 2 winning Elstroem stallion Carrara and that is being borne out in racetrack successes.

‘’Carrara was a very versatile horse winning twice as a two-year-old and also from 1000 metres to 1600 metres. He raced against the best of company and it must be remembered he finished second in the stallion’s making race the GR 1 Caulfield Guineas. Buyers really should be having a very good look at his progeny on offer at the forthcoming CYS in Rockhampton”, Watts said.

Indeed, they should as Carrara has only had a very small number of horses to grace the racetracks in two seasons of stock racing but already he has sired some imposing winners.

These include the very good two-year-old of last season in the brilliant speedster and four times winner Allround Glory.

Another of his youngsters in Ararrac has won twice while the Kerrod Smyth bred Field Avenue as well as Fortunato Bambino have also been winners.

A stalwart and stayer in local thoroughbred breeders’ ranks who has been honoured by the Central Queensland Bloodhorse Breeders Association for his dedication to the local industry, Bruce Watts will offer three fillies and two Carrara colts at the April 8 sale in Rockhampton.

A realist, in the main Watts goes by the philosophy of “meeting the market” at the CYS.

All too often this allows buyers the opportunity of buying bargain priced yearlings but on pedigree, performance and the encouraging inroads his stock are making, the Carrara youngsters at this year’s local sale are worthy of far greater scrutiny.

It seems the time is right as the Carrara’s are on the forward March as Gohan so ably displayed earlier this month.