It must have been just like winning Horse Lotto for Henning (Keep The Faith) when he was rescued on the way to the knackery by Jim Cerchi jnr last year.
The Coronet Bay trainer got to work resurrecting Henning and he earned a winter campaign in North Queensland following a Mornington victory last week.
“I know where I want to be in winter and it’s not Melbourne,” Cerchi declared.
“We’re taking a dozen horses up for the carnivals at Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.”
Henning (Keep The Faith) will be among them after an unbeaten start to the year.
It has been an amazing turnaround for the 6yo gelding who had gone through a couple of stables before ending up at death’s door.
“We were lucky Rachel Morgan spotted him at a stock sale in Echuca,” Cerchi recalled.
“Rachel’s from Finley and she used to work for me at Tocumwal. She rang up and I got straight in the float to get him out of there.”
Henning was bred by well-known Mildura businessman Bill Lanyon who died in September 2013. The Lanyon family (including Ross, a past president of Country Racing Victoria) breed and race under the ‘Clay Hero’ banner after their 1989 Oakleigh Plate winner. He was raised at Grange Thoroughbreds in the Goulburn Valley.
Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith sired him from the mare Aberdeen Rose (Clay Hero). She was a talented mare for Lanyon winning at Flemington, Caulfield and Sandown. Her best foal has been 2011 Herbert Power Stakes winner Shewan (Blevic).