Three starts, One Win, One Second. Not a bad start to one's CV. That's how it currently stands for promising 3yo I AM VINNIE, after the gelding accounted for his older rivals with an impressive win over 1400m at Pakenham on Sunday. The son of I Am Invincible started as an even money favourite after being well supported throughout the day leading in to the race. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Vinnie and jockey Noel Callow after the 3yo reared as the gates opened and cost himself a few lengths at the start. After a few gasps in the stand from Vinnie's large group of owners in typical Callow fashion the experienced hoop didn't panic and let the gelding slide forward to sit three wide with cover after the first 400m, putting the horse in to a comfortable rhythm.
By the time the field turned for home I Am Vinnie had got to the outside with a good four and a half lengths to make up. No sooner had caller Terry Bailey declared the favourite had a bit of work to do did I Am Vinnie let down like a promising young horse to quickly put 4L on his rivals with 200m to go. With the race well and truly sewn up Callow and Vinnie cruised to the line to officially record a half length win over the fast finishing Judge O'Rielly.
'I must admit that this horse has surprised me how quickly he has put it all together this preparation'. Said and elated David Feek post race.
'He's always had plenty of ability however Coral and I thought he still might've been a prep away from mentally getting their. It's been a pleasant surprise and he's impressed with that turn of foot he has shown in his two runs in this time in. With that kind of sprint he might measure up to city class with racing'.
Vinnie was cheered on by a large group of owners who had to endure a few nervous moments throughout the race as the gelding bombed the start and sat wide throughout most of the journey. David and Coral will give I Am Vinnie a few more quiet days at home before making any firm plans for his next start.
'There's a race in Adelaide next weekend that is tempting, however it may be more reasonable to stay here and find a suitable BM64 for him first. We don't have to rush him to town just yet and he has a liking for this surface, there's good prize-money to be won on the synthetic' Said Coral Feek from their Mornington base on Monday.