There is never a certainty in racing but trainer Robert Meddings though he had one that was close to it at Geraldton last month.
Meddings was ultra-confident Market Share would launch his Western Australian career on a successful note after a top warm up trial.
But his hopes were cruelly dashed when the former New South Wales galloper was left floundering in the barriers soon after the start.
Market Share recovered well to finish the race off strongly, running 2 ¼ lengths fifth to Kershaw, but for Meddings, he was left to lament what could have been.
“He threw his head sideways just as the gates opened,” said Meddings.
“He is a big gangly looking horse and it took a while for him to get balanced.
“It was disappointing because I really thought he would grab the money.
“I have a really high opinion of the horse and was even thinking he could be worth taking to Perth for a mid week race.”
Market Share’s foray into WA racing has hit several hurdles since he crossed the Nullarbor earlier this year.
He spent three months with Dongara trainer Laurie Weinman before a floating incident led him to Meddings.
“He was all set to trial but had a complete melt down in the car park,” said Meddings.
“It was bad enough that the vets were called in to sedate him.
“I was helping Laurie out when his daughter, Kerry-Anne, asked if I wanted to take him home.
“She thought the way the horse was carrying on that he would be too much of a handful for Laurie.”
Market Share raced on five occasions for Bill Prain, stretching out to 1800m, but Meddings is convinced he will be better served over a sprint journey.
“I couldn’t work out why they were heading down that path but I have worked it out,” said Meddings.
“He had a sore shoulder and foot abscesses and horses are not going to jump and land with those injuries.”
Market Share can repay Meddings’ faith when he tackles the Ray White Maiden (1000m) at Carnarvon on Saturday.
He carries 54kg with the claim of Kate Fitzgerald and will jump from barrier eight in the field of 12.
Meddings’ instructions to his apprentice, who is striving for her first career win, are clear and concise.
“Allow him to jump and run and all she will have to do is sit and steer,” he said.