Wagga trainer Wayne Carroll has been in the racing game long enough to know that the good times don’t last forever, but he is going to enjoy it for now.
It has been a good couple of weeks for the former Sydney Swans high-flyer with three of the last four horses he has saddled up the races, winning.
It started with Fashion Tip’s victory at Gundagai last Saturday week and continued when Lady Mironton scored a well-deserved win at Corowa three days later.
Arguably the most impressive of the three wins came at Wagga last Monday when Rock ‘N’ Roller scored on debut.
Carroll said it’s been an enjoyable couple of weeks.
“It has but I’ve been around long enough in this game to know that the gate will turn,” Carroll said.
“I don’t have a large number of horses so you know the time will come, you have just got to wait for your turn.”
Rock ‘N’ Roller, a close relation to Tulip by Pierro, was a $230,000 purchase from the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearing Sale.
He did a suspensory at 16 months of age and was picked up third hand by Tom Hurst and Carroll.
The three-year-old has surprised Carroll.
“We’ve learnt a lot about him,” he said.
“He’s very, very immature and still doesn't look like a racehorse. He doesn’t look like an athlete. He’s a laidback slug, nothing worries me.
“He hadn’t shown me anything until about a month ago when he had a jump out.
“There is a few different options now but at this time of year we’ll try to get another BOBS win.”
A race at either Narrandera or Goulburn is the most likely next step for Rock ‘N’ Roller.
Carroll’s other last-start winners, Lady Mironton and Fashion Tip, are both down to run at Albury on Tuesday.
Lady Mironton may not start, pending the track rating, and Fashion Tip is second emergency.
Both have bright futures, according to Carroll.
“Lady Mironton is a nice filly going forward,” he said.
“She will be a better four-year-old than she will three-year-old and we’re learning different things about her all of the time.
“She’s a very intelligent animal, you can tell she’s going to be the real deal going forward and I think she’ll be a good 2000 metre horse.”
Carroll explained Fashion Tip might not have the most ability but believes her attitude will win her enough races.
“She’ll win more races than her ability suggests because she tries so hard,” he said.
“She’s ready to win again.
“She’s a trier. She’s going to be a great money spinner because she jumps, puts herself there and tries her heart out.”
Albury will host a seven-race card on Tuesday with the track rated a soft six as of Friday.