Trainer Robert Heathcote is counting his lucky stars after choosing to accept tried galloper Funded into his stables just ten weeks ago.
Heathcote’s first reaction was to turn Co-owner Peter Price away due to the lack of room at his Brisbane stables.
“I had never spoken to or heard of Peter when he rang asking me if I had room to train Funded,” Heathcote said.
“I told him the only way I could take him was if I stacked a few of my horses on top of each other.
“But once he told me Funded had just won a Geelong maiden by four lengths and was a son of Zabeel which he bought off Lloyd Williams for $60,000, I soon made room.”
Funded will have his first Queensland run in the Kedron Wavell Services Handicap at Doomben tomorrow.
The promising Zabeel four-year-old was purchased from the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in 2009 for $165,000.
“He’s a nice horse and I’ve only had him for 10 weeks,” Heathcote said.
“I barrier trialled him at Doomben last week and he’ll probably find this trip (1350m) a little short.
“He’ll be doing his best work at the end of this race but I’d like to think he can go through the grades here.
“I’m still on a learning curve with him but he should be competitive.”