Nine-year-old gelding It’s the Emblem defied his advancing years and a long run of outs when he won the Quirk Real Estate Pace at Warragul on Monday afternoon. In fact the veteran pacer’s win was his first in almost four years!!
Prepared by Bill Kucks at the Cranbourne Training Centre, Its The Emblem won as a five-year-old in January 2016 but has struggled with injury and form in the period since. The son of It Is I has been racing consistently in recent weeks however and his latest second placing at Cranbourne on 7 January was full of merit.
Settling in the perfect one-out one-back trail, Its The Emblem travelled comfortably in the run at Warragul and his driver Shannon O’Sullivan made a lightning move at the 400 metre mark to set up a winning lead turning for home.
The race favourite My Superannuation made a late run when she got clear from behind the leader but ran out of ground on the line and had to be content with second placing. Lady Flora who sat outside the leader throughout the race battled on bravely for third.
Its The Emblem is out of the handy racemare Hearts Beat True (10 wins) and is a half-brother to stablemate Redand Blue Fella (3 wins).
Given the racing names of those horses in his care it comes as no surprise that Kucks has a lifelong affinity with the Melbourne Football Club. No doubt after Monday’s long overdue win he’ll be hoping that the Demons might break their 55-year premiership drought in the coming AFL season!
Meanwhile Its the Emblem is likely to have his next race start when racing returns to Cranbourne on Thursday night 23rd January.
By David Scott
Photo: Kyle Galley