Cardiobeat Proves Your Never Too Old To Start

Dec 29, 2010

Lightly raced is a term which gets used loosely in racing circles but Cardiobeat is most definitely lightly raced.

The five-year-old gelding broke his maiden status at Geelong on boxing day, scoring in the $12,000 geelongadvertiser.com.au Maiden Plate (1400m) at just his second start.

Cardiobeat ($7,$10) showed too much pace for his opposition over the 1400m trip leading comfortably for jockey Linda Meech and kicking strongly to record an impressive six and a half length win over Miss Exstravigant ($5) with Blazing Lion ($6,$6.50) a nose away third.

The son of Show A Heart is trained at Caulfield by Colin Little who was impressed with the gelding's turn of foot whilst observing the importance of a barrier with inexperienced horses of any age.

"Despite being five it was still his first race and after drawing off the track at Stony Creek he was never able to get near the rail and looked ordinary," said Little.

"Linda (Meech) was able to use his speed early and cross to the rail which gave him something to follow and he was able to lead comfortably throughout.

"What really impressed me was the turn of foot he showed when asked to go, and how easy he kicked clear," Little added.

Although not racing until the age of five Little believes the gelding has just been allowed to mature, only having taken Cardiobeat on as a four-year-old.

"He hasn't had any issues to my knowledge," said Little.

"I got him as a four-year-old and this is his second preparation, he trialled last time in and we decided to put him out for a break."

Cardiobeat has the one win from two starts for career earnings of just over $7,000 and Little intends to monitor the gelding's recovery before settling on his next target.