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Paying Attenton to the Small Things Pays Off

THE DIFFERENCE between good trainers and very good trainers is that VERY good trainers pay attention to all the smallest of issues and will go to any length to straighten them out.

Take Liam for example. His CRYPTOSTAR, a $30,000 purchase at the 2023 March Magic Million sale, copped a severe battering from both sides as he left the barriers on debut at the Gold Coast on January 13.

“He totally lost confidence out of the gates because of that, so I had to find a remedy,” says Liam.

Never one to do things half-hearted, Liam reasoned that a clean getaway in a small field followed by a win would help with the problem and sent the youngster on the long journey to Rockhampon on January 25 and the juvenile bolted in by four lengths.

To find a similar result Liam sent Cryptostar back to Rockhampton last weekend and the end result was almost the same, but with an issue on the way to victory.

The gelding was headed out of the gates and sat outside the leader. Cryptostar was full of running at the 300m, but seemed reluctant to sprint between the leader on his inside and the eventual third-placed horse on his outside.

But when he got his confidence and decided it was fine to sprint he literally exploded and quickly burst clear of the other pair. It was even more impressive than his all-the-way at Rocky previously.

“He ran a second faster over the closing stages than the open horses, which was the next race, and that is impressive for a 2-year-old. And, he was being eased down late.”

With stakes and bonuses Cryptostar has already in four starts well exceeded his purchase price and there could be a lot more to come.

“There is a rich race coming up here at Caloundra that will suit him.”

And there should be no lack of confidence this time. “When he got back from up north I sent him to this (clinic) place where they work them with ponies and that helps a lot with confidence.”

By Mike Dillon