Patience benefits Born Blue

Astute trainer Bernie Miller has never been known to rush his horses and the patient approach is paying off with Born Blue.

The 5yo gelding was kept in cotton-wool as a young horse but has raced a dozen times this year for wins at Bunbury, Northam and a last-stride victory in the TABTouch Hcp (2100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Born Blue is a son of Alwyn Park sire Trade Fair (GB) who has Tradesman primed for a career-best performance in the G1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) next weekend.

“He’s taken time but it’s only a waste of money if you force the issue before they’re ready,” Miller explained.  “He’s got a bit of potential and the gear changes helped today.  We took off the visor and added a shadow-roll.

“Credit to Ryan Hill and Paddy Carberry.  They’ve both done a lot of work with this horse and he’s really maturing now.”

Born Blue (5g Trade Fair – Mawu by Scenic) is homebred for Miller and his wife Karen.  The Oakford couple also won two races with his older full-brother Carney at Ascot last year.  They are the only foals to race from Mawu who died August 2014.  The nearest black-type relation in the family is 2012 Canonbury Stakes winner Raceway (More Than Ready).

Trade Fair (Zafonic) is a Top 5 stallion on the Sunspeed sires’ table this season with 17 winners of $611,812.  He stands at Alwyn Park for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.