Trainer Darryn Pateman signalled an ominous warning after Wise Decision trounced his rivals at Broome’s season-opening meeting on Saturday.
Pateman believes Wise Decision will only improve and strip fitter and says it will have to take a pretty special horse to knock him off this season.
It’s a gloomy and menacing thought for rival trainers about a gelding who is building an almost unbeatable reputation on the red dirt.
The son of Oratorio set Broome alight last year winning four of five races, culminating with the Allure-Pearl Classic (1300m) in August.
A narrow short-head second to The Chorister when racing first-up prevented Wise Decision from completing an unbeaten campaign.
“He loves it in Broome and just smiles when he gets off the truck,” Pateman said on TABradio.
“He has probably got three or four lengths improvement on that run.
“It’s going to take a pretty handy horse to beat him this year.
“I thought he might have been vulnerable, but he was too good.”
Wise Decision started an odds favourite and gave punters little cause for concern, leading from start to finish and defeating, Free Geoffrey, by four lengths.
He was one of five winners on the six race programme for Pateman after wins to On The Reef, Common Approach, Ballidu Bomber and Vital Edition.
A clean sweep of the meeting came agonisingly close when Marcamjo ran a short-head second to, Carillo.
Pateman’s big day out commenced in surprising fashion when On The Reef, friendless in betting, ended a long run of outs in the first.
“He surprised us a little as an 18 start maiden,” Pateman said.”
Pateman’s recent acquisition, Ballidu Bomber, could be a horse to watch after overcoming a wide draw and tough run to defeat Military Precision by a head.
The gelding was coming off moderate form in Albany, but did show appreciation for the dirt with a series of top runs at Port Hedland and Roebourne last year.
“He didn’t have a lot of luck and had to do some work, but he hit the line really good and looks like he could go on and win a couple of nice races over 1400m and 1600m.,” Pateman said.
“He was quite impressive.”
Vital Edition, an Ascot winner in November, capped a perfect day for Pateman in the last.
“He gets himself on the pace and we are going to have a lot of fun with him,” Pateman said.
“He is a talented horse who has beaten some nice horses in his career.
“He is at the right rating and hopefully he can pick up a couple of more.
“He may even go to the Kimberley Cup and those better races later in the season.”
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