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(Outback Joe's famous mother pictured above going head to head in the 1992 Cox Plate with Super Impose, Slight Chance, Better Loosen Up, Mannerism, etc)
It may have been a Mildura maiden on a Monday afternoon but the win of Outback Joe looks to be the first of many. As is often the case in life breeding and heritage can place expectations on horses as well as people from the outset. You only have to look at AFL footballers recruited as sons of former legends, we automatically judge them on their pedigrees and thus expect that the second generation should be as good, maybe better than the first generation. Likewise horse racing and when you are by a five time Group 1 winner in Elvstroem out of a Champion mare in Let's Elope whom herself won four Group 1 races we can place unrealistic expectations instead of just judging the animal on face value.
Outback Joe had only had two career starts prior to today's run at Mildura and has shown his fair share of ability in both. One thing that breeding can tell us is that this four year old gelding will appreciate a distance trip and seeing him settle at the rear of the field over the 2000m journey today he was given every chance to relax into a rhythm before finishing extremely hard to salute.
Trainer Patrick Payne has been patient with Outback Joe and on what we have seen so far that patience looks set to pay off with this highly promising stayer. This fellow also has a full sister called Karata who has just turned three and with this sort of promise hopefully the families legacy can not only live on but continue to prosper.
A few other well credentialled industry participants have noticed todays significance....