Like a lot of horses Jelani Express has thrived in a change of environment.
After just one win from his first 21 starts, Jelani Express has rediscovered his zest for racing in Broome.
The Henny Hughes gelding is unbeaten since being taken up north and last Saturday racked up his fourth straight win on the red dirt.
The five-year-old has given his rivals a galloping lesson, winning three of his races by a combined total of a whopping 22 lengths.
Pateman, who leases Jelani Express from top Perth trainer, Vern Brockman, modestly downplays his role in the galloper’s improvement.
“He is just enjoying having the sun on his back,” Pateman told The Races WA.
“Some horses come up here and just handle the conditions and thrive, he is one of those.
“The scary thing is I think he has more to offer and will keep on improving.
“He is enjoying his second chance in racing after being on the scrapheap.”
Pateman says he would be delighted if Jelani Express could go on to mirror the form of his previous top sprinter, Wise Decision.
The Oratorio gelding carved out a top career in Broome, winning seven races and placing on five occasions from his 14 starts.
“Wise Decision was very fast and showed sheer speed,” Pateman said.
“Jelani Express is also fast, but gives you a kick and goes again.
“They are pretty similar in pace, but Jelani Express keeps going.”
The nearest the opposition have got to Jelani Express in Broome was three starts back when he defeated perennial placegetter Atacama Sky by a neck.
Despite the close margin Pateman believes it was his charge’s best victory.
“He was slow out and had to come from behind,” Pateman said.
“It proved he didn’t have to lead and win.
“I thought it was the best of his Broome wins.”
Wise Decision won the 2015 Pearl Classic (1300m) and ran fourth to cult horse Roger The Roman in the Broome Sprint (1300m) two years later.
Similar in racing pattern and similar is speed, Pateman is anxious to see if Jelani Express can follow a similar path later in the Broome season.
“He will back up again on Saturday,” Pateman said.
“But he will have to go into open class soon or he will lump too much weight.
“If all goes well we will target the major Broome sprint races later.”