Robert de Werribee hero after maiden win

May 12, 2016

Time improves nearly all horses and a lengthy spell certainly did Robert De Hero no harm judging by his emphatic win at Werribee.

An immature Robert De Hero showed glimpses of talent in his maiden two-year-old campaign that preceded almost a year off the scene due to a couple of niggles, which did the gelding the world of good.

A rusty Robert De Hero tuned up with an unplaced run in town first-up but improved dramatically with seconds to the subsequent stakes placegetter Whirlpool and his impressive Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stablemate Sword Of Justice at Pakenham and Kyneton respectively.

Robert De Hero made the short trip down the Princes Freeway to Werribee for the Martin Collins Enterprises Maiden (1400m) in which Katelyn Mallyon partnered the son of Von Costa De Hero.

Mallyon rode Robert De Hero positively, sending him forward to race outside the leader until the home turn.

Mallyon sent Robert De Hero to the front 400m from home but she had a bit of work to do to get the wayward galloper to the line as he hung out on multiple occasions in the straight.

Robert De Hero’s greenness failed to prevent him striding to a deserved 4-¾ length win, breaking through at his seventh start.

“We tried him in some decent races as a two-year-old, which shows we always had an opinion of him,” Zahra said.

“He had a long break but it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it gave him plenty of time to mature and he’s shown the benefit of that time at his last three runs.

“He’s still learning what it’s all about but the owners have got a nice horse, which is very pleasing.”

Robert De Hero’s Werribee win earned connections $17,300 in prizemoney and bonuses, taking his overall tally to more than $29,000.

Congratulations to all involved with Robert De Hero’s terrific Werribee victory.