Victorian breeder Brad Scott and close mate and trainer Paul Preusker are aiming high with emerging sprinter I Am Someone (Onemorenomore) following the gelding’s impressive two and a quarter length victory at Flemington last Saturday.
Scott was ecstatic on course, even a little bit speechless following the brilliant win of his first homebred, affectionately nicknamed Elmo.
“He looked so comfortable out in front that I could actually enjoy the race. We have been patient with him and we are just rapt that he could show everyone what he has really got. We knew he was a serious horse, but to see that at Flemington was just incredible.”
“Full credit to the Preusker stable; Paul has done a brilliant job with him, and what a ride by Freddy. I also want to thank his strapper Nelly who works with him every day. She rides all his trackwork and they have developed a very special bond.”
“Since Paul decided that Nelly and Elmo need to be together on race day, Elmo is now much more relaxed in the mounting yard and the tie up stalls. It has made a significant difference, as he knows he is safe in her hands and doesn’t get too worked up pre-race.”
“The powerful way that he won carrying 59.5kg was brave, and he was only .3 seconds outside the open handicap race, where the winner only lumped 54kg. It certainly suggests that he will be competitive in black-type races in the future.”
Although the Perth based owners could not be on track, they were straight on the phone to Scott and over the moon about the win.
“We all turned down a rather large amount of money for him to head overseas, and now we are going through this turnkey approach, so this race helps justify keeping him.”
The four-year-old son of Onemorenomore, out of the Mossman mare, Vanity Sky has produced two great Stryker colts since Elmo for Scott.
“The two-year-old is in work with Paul and looks promising, and the yearling will be offered at the Inglis VOBIS Gold sale. She has foaled a great Rebel Raider colt this season, but due to the late arrival, she will have a year off breeding.”
I Am Someone will be freshened-up and with the victory elevating the sprinter’s rating to 77, Presuker said he would endeavour to raise it even further over the coming months to secure starts in lucrative black-type races going forward.
“I was a bit worried how he’d come through the run on a firm track, but he’s pulled up super which just goes to show how versatile he is. He even went for a swim the next day as he was so full of himself.”
“He’s tougher than Ned Kelly – if you’re going to go to war with a horse, he’s the one I’d be taking,” Presuker said.
Stakes options for I Am Someone in Melbourne may include the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) at Flemington and the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at The Valley while longer term, the Group 3 R.N. Irwan Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 D.C. Mackay Stakes (1100m) during Adelaide’s autumn carnival could come onto the radar.