He’s A Balter has certainly lived up or even exceeded the huge wraps placed on the horse when he went under the hammer at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale in 2018.
Offered through Rosemont Stud’s draft, the Victorian-bred colt sold for $120,000 – the then highest-priced horse sold at a Gold auction.
The now five-year-old gelding started his racing career with Peter Gelagotis at Moe, but was transferred to Will Clarken at Morphettville earlier this year.
Already with two wins on the board before Clarken took over the Victorian-bred gelding’s training, He’s A Balter completed his fourth win in succession when he won an open handicap over 1100m at Caulfield last Saturday.
It was a case of back-to-back wins at Caulfield after success at Morphettville and Murray Bridge.
He’s A Balter has raced 25 times for seven wins, five seconds and two thirds. Since joining Clarken’s stables in April, the gelding has had nine starts, five wins and two thirds.
Clarken said He’s A Balter had been a lot of fun for the owners, who include former Carlton player Fraser Brown.
“He has got his confidence up, and we most recently changed his racing style a little bit, and he has become a real handy type of sprinter,” he said.
“He has got his confidence up and he has got a fairly high rating now so he will have to go to another level to keep going with it and the owners are having terrific fun with him and hopefully he can do that.”
Clarken said that He’s A Balter was now a 90 rated horse which will allow him to tackle a stakes race.
At this stage the gelding looks like tackling the listed G.H. Mumm Century Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Oaks Day.
“We will just have to have a look and see how we go,” Clarken said.
Clarken said He’s A Balter was transferred to him after discussions with his friend Manny Gelagotis who is general manager and assistant trainer at Peter Gelagotis Racing.
“The ownership group wanted to shift him to South Australia, and I think they had another trainer in mind, but Manny pulled rank for me, thank God, and he got him into my camp,” he said.
“Everyone has got different systems and he has obviously fitted into ours really well. Peter and his team do a wonderful job but for some reason he has just clicked with our system.”
The progression of the horse hasn’t surprised Rosemont Stud’s operations manager Gerrard Jones who at the time of the sale said the yearling was the colt of the sale.
“We’re ecstatic with the result,’’ Jones said,
“He’s been out of his box all day today especially so I’m glad he can go back now and relax.
“He’s typical of all the Spirit of Booms, really relaxed, no fuss. He took it all in his stride.
“It was a really good price.”
After He’s A Balter’s win on Saturday, Jones also believes the horse is capable of winning a stakes race.
“On that run, you would think there is a stakes race for him.”
He’s A Balter was bred by Daniel Flack. He has bred four foals from Moxie Doll (Mossman x Affaire En Or). The first a filly, Let’s Boom, is a full sister to He’s A Balter and is still racing in the Toowoomba area as a six year-old and is a maiden after 31 starts but has had seven seconds and eight thirds. The grand dam, Affaire En Or (Dieu D’Or x Relations), won six races and produced the Group 3 winner of the WATC Hyperion Stakes (1600m), King Cool Kat (King Kugat)
Moxie Doll also has unraced fillies to Starcraft and Overshare.
Winning jockey Linda Meech was full of praise for He’s A Balter’s win.
“I thought his win on Memsie Day was very good and that win then was just as good,” Meech said in her post-race interview.
“Didn’t he try hard; he was really tired after the races so it was a big effort from him.
“It wasn’t how we thought things would pan out. They went very slowly. He was loving leading and was really comfortable.
“I was worried about getting beaten, I was just hoping that I wouldn’t.”
While Meech said she was very confident throughout the entire race,
But the change of a horse’s racing pattern isn’t always ideal.
He’s A Balter generally comes from back in the field, but he led in Saturday’s race after again racing handier at his previous Caulfield win.