Gojo Mimo Resumes With A Bang
Dec 07, 2015
Gojo Mimo resumed from a spell with a bang at Doomben on Saturday when he scorched away from his opposition for a commanding 3.3 length victory in the One Metro Win over 1050m.
Having his first start in almost seven months, it was the Gojo Mimo of old that returned to the relief of trainer Brad Herne.
"He just didn't come up last prep," Herne said.
"He went into an Open Handicap at the Sunshine Coast without a jumpout or trial last prep and uncharacteristically he got his tongue over the bit and choked down. He had me scratching my head then and tinkering with gear and still performed poorly the next two starts and it just wasn't like him so I told Mike and Janice that I wanted to tip him out and start again.
"He had a good spell and then was at the jumpout stage about two months ago and there was just something about him I wasn't happy with so we tried a couple of different things with him and gave him a couple of weeks hanging out in the paddock during the day on the farm and it really turned him around."
Prior to last preparation the son of All Bar One had been a model of consistency since joining the Herne stable as a maidener after six starts. He won five races in ten starts going from maiden company to Saturday metro grade.
"On his day, he's one of the fastest horses in Queensland," Herne said.
"I knew he was back to his old self when he won a jumpout impressively a couple of weeks ago, running the quickest heat of the day under a good hold. I was really confident he could win today and it's great to see him back in the winners stall with a win like that."
Stewart replaced Pengelly at the last minute when he unfortunately could not make the weight having battled the flu all week but it was a copybook ride by Stewart as he cruised to the front and never looked back. They stopped the clock at 59.72, just seven tenths of a second outside the track record, flying home over the final 600m in 32.54.
"I hope everyone that attended the Herne Racing Christmas Party last week got a piece of the 30-1 that was offered on Thursday. I said to everyone then that he'd be hard to beat and I couldn't believe the odds they put up for him. A nice Christmas present for everyone."
Gojo Mimo has now earned almost $140,000 for connections and heads to the Bat Out Of Hell over 900m at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.
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Photos courtesy Trackside Photography