In racing any win is special, but there are some races that hold more significance than others.
For comeback trainer, Teagan Klun, Slick Unit’s Kalgoorlie victory was as sweet as they come.
In an exciting conclusion to the 1200m maiden on Good Friday, Slick Unit led all the way and bravely held out the strong challenge from hot favourite, Imperialism.
Klun experienced a wave of emotions following the three-year-olds win, happiness, excitement and contentment, but her most overriding sentiment was relief.
Klun is still finding her way back in the training ranks after a decade-long absence, but after six months and 18 starts without a win, she felt under growing pressure.
But Slick Unit’s breakthrough victory after three previous attempts not only lifted Klun’s spirits, it also validated her judgement to return to racing for a second time.
“He has given me the bump I needed,” Klun told The Races WA.
“When he won I had every single trainer in Kalgoorlie come up and congratulate me.
“People who I didn’t even think would know my name and at least 50 text messages and phone calls.
“Trainers like Adam Durrant, Tiarna Robertson. It gave me the boost and confidence that I needed.
“I was just overwhelmed and could not believe it. I have no words and am so grateful.
“It came at a good time because I was starting to doubt myself.”
Slick Unit had little to show early in his career, but now sits proudly as the poster horse for Klun’s small team.
The Sessions gelding never got warm in two races at Bunbury and Ascot when under the care of top trainer, Adam Durrant.
After two outings for no result Slick Unit appeared destined for retirement until Klun threw out a lifeline.
“I bought him off Adam’s by accident really,” Klun said.
“He was on Facebook for sale as a retired race horse.
“I rang Adam and said I think I can get him going.
“I saw a photo of him and I really like Session horses.
“I also knew his mother Whirling Lass who raced in Kalgoorlie.
“There was something about him that I liked.”
With the monkey off her back, Esperance-based Klun would love nothing better than to savour another victory with Slick Unit.
He gets an opportunity to go back-to-back in the Remember The Anzacs Handicap (1300m) at Kalgoorlie on Saturday.
“He has definitely trained on,” Klun said.
“It’s a step up from a maiden, but if he can jump and not be run off his feet he could run in the first three.
“It will be something special if he can win again.”
Slick Unit has drawn barrier two and will be in the hands of budding apprentice, Madi Derrick again.
Klun also hopes Rydon, an 18-start maiden, can score a fairy tale win in the Kalgoorlie RSL Maiden (1200m).