Track manager Barry Wall doesn’t just curate the Cowra track, he also puts the polish on one of the most genuine country gallopers in training.
Deshawn, the only horse in Wall’s stable, maintains his association with jockey Mathew Cahill at Narromine on Sunday and is expected to fight out the finish yet again.
“He’s the type of horse you have to keep rolling on. If you try to cuddle him up and then make a run, he can’t do that,” said Wall.
“He’ll give you plenty, and Matty has said that he has never ridden a horse that tries as hard as him. He just wants to go and go and go. You keep him rolling and happy in the run, it doesn’t matter if he’s three wide or five wide, he’ll keep coming, it’s just the way he is.
“Matty has done a great job with him, he has come back a lot under him. When he first got here he was handful.
“With his breeding and the way he works, he’ll get a mile on his ear and probably further, but I don’t want to push him that far yet until he relaxes and then we’ll look at that next season. There’s no need to hurry with him.”
Wall, who has trained winners across all three racing codes, picked up Deshawn for just $700.
“He came from Hawkesbury and they couldn’t get him on the track to work, he’d just rip and tear,” Wall recalled. “He just couldn’t handle it. He was too immature, but up here the most horses he’ll see of a morning is probably 15 all up.
“He is going well at the moment, he was very immature when I first got him and I think he is just starting to work it all out now.