INFORM four-year-old Early Thoughts may be due for a spell but isn’t racing like a tired horse.
The gelding showed plenty of vigour to make it back-to-back wins at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday (March 19).
Ridden by apprentice Bailey Wheeler ($3.60), Early Thoughts led all the way and held off a late dive by favourite Where Ya Bean ($2.70) to win a Class 4 (1800m).
He now has four wins and four placings from his past eight starts, despite being up since he resumed in October last year.
Nathan Kendrick, who was deputising for his father, trainer Stuart Kendrick, at the races said he was a tough horse.
“He was on the verge of a Rocky trip not that long ago and he’s won three out of his past five now,” he said.
“He’s done a great job and the owners are having a heap of fun with him, so we’ll have a chat and see what they want to do.
“But he’s in great form, that’s for sure.”
Kendrick said the horse was a natural leader.
“He doesn’t have a turn of foot but will keep grinding away,” he said.
Wheeler, whose claim helped over the concluding stages, agreed.
“He’s better off rolling along in front than stop-starting,” he said.
“He’s a very tough horse coming to the end of his campaign. It was great to get another win on the board.”

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