Swain's perseverance pays off
In the past year Theo Bos has gone from being an unwanted hack to the winner of four races.
Roslyn Bush owner-trainer Murray Swain paid $12,000 for the Falcon Seelster gelding at the 2008 yearling sales in Christchurch. Theo Bos paced roughly and broke in training as a young horse.
Swain persevered with him to his 4-year-old season, then pulled the pin. Theo Bos' file at Harness Racing New Zealand was changed to hack status and he became a galloping pacemaker at Swain's stable.
Theo Bos was occasionally ridden and had the odd stint in the training sulky to see if he worth trying again as a racing proposition.
''If someone had given me $200 [last year], they could have had him,'' Swain said.
The horseman noticed Theo Bos pace free-legged in a paddock in July, prompting Swain to bring him back into the racing team.
Theo Bos was rising seven and his gait and trackwork had improved. Swain got hack status removed from Theo Bos' file at Harness Racing New Zealand.
Theo Bos contested two workouts, for a win and a third, in September before qualifying with a winning run at the Wyndham trials in October.
He won his second totalisator start and has gone on to win another three races, the latest at Wyndham on Saturday.
''He's racing like a 3-year-old,'' Swain said.
''I think he'll win another two this season.''
Theo Bos is entered for two races at Winton today and Swain won't rule out running him in both.
''I'll see how he goes in the first. It won't worry him if he runs in both.''