Trade Fair four-year-old Painted burst away to win the 1000m tabozbet.com.au HANDICAP in 58.07sec. at Belmont Park on Wednesday (May 16).
And, immediately after the race, trainer Paul Dyson revealed the grey gelding has recovered from a hind leg bone fracture.
“Painted showed excellent potential as a two-year-old,” said Dyson, a former top jockey. “He was placed to the talented Ortessa, Hot Tamale and Sweet Serenity on city tracks.
“Then, when we bought him back, he disappointed. A subsequent veterinary examination revealed the problem.
“We gave him time off and he has not missed a beat this time in.
“We’ve worked out he’s a 1000m horse. And he’s a good 1000m horse.
“Let’s hope he keeps winning.”
Painted has won at two of his last three city starts and has finished in the money at 10 of 20 career runs.
Bred by Mr G.R. and Mrs R. Giles, Painted is from the un-raced Nebetiah, a half-sister to Akhenaton, winner of the Group 1 Doomben Cup and Group 3 Doomben Classic.
Ironically, Akhenaton is the sire of promising Leoluck, who took the following race, the 1650m Westspeed 3Y0 Handicap, to bring up a winning hat-trick.
Painted also comes from the family of Paint, winner of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Group 2 Black Opal Stakes and Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes and top colt on the 1995-96 Australasian 2Y0 Classification.
Paint’s dam, Colour Chart, was raced by Heytesbury Stud and won four times on Eastern States tracks.