You would be hard pressed to find a better run than I Am Vinnie at Pakenham's synthetic meeting on Tuesday the 12th of June. The 3yo son of I Am Invincible was making a return to racing after debuting on his home track at Mornington late last year when he lined up in the 1200m Maiden. Drawn gate 9 with John Allen on board the pair had to ride a patient race back in the field, however what unfolded from the 400m to the winning post was a withering burst of speed, surprising, to an extent, the training partnership or David and Coral Feek.
Expected to need a little more race experience under his belt David and Coral Feek were hopeful the gelding could simply do everything right and hit the line encouragingly. Well, hit the line he did, running on from near last at the 400m to charge home late for a closing second behind the well back favourite. Arguably, with a bit of luck from the 600m - 400m he may have gone closer to challenging the winner. Alas, his time will come soon.
I Am Vinnie rattled off some of the fastest closing sectionals of the day, running 11.02secs for his final furlong - over 3 Lengths quicker than the winner. In fact, Vinnie broke 12secs for each of his final three furlongs, giving David and Coral Feek plenty of confidence heading deeper in to his preparation.
'We've had to be patient with this gelding. He's a big raw 3yo who has always worked well but just wasn't quite ready to put it together on race day'. Said David Feek from Pakenham.
'He debut in December last year and it was purely an educational exercise. He still has a lot of maturing to go and I think we won't see the best of him until at least the Spring or even next Autumn'.
'Regardless, his run was brilliant and he won't be a maiden for long. It's also pleasing to know he has a liking for this surface given we are heading deep in to winter'.
David and Coral Feek will look to give I AM Vinnie a good two - three weeks between runs with a possible run at Sale on the 1st of July or Pakenham on the 8th.
'I am going to be patient with him (Vinnie). I don't want to break the mould with him as he has responded so well to the patient handling and training. I'll give him a jump out at Pakenham again on the 27th of June before we look at one of those options at Sale or the Synthetic'. Said Feek
Watch I AM VINNIE storm home for second below!