Camayoc Back To Winning Form After Long Hiatus
Apr 15, 2016
The day after Camayoc won the 2200m BM62 at Grafton his part owner Jon Lawler of Nevada Lodge Spelling Farm confided that the win was more of a thrill for him than that of any other horse he had ever owned, including sister Espiritu's spectacular Brisbane wins. He really loves him that much.
Camayoc's story is a tale that so many that have owned a racehorse can relate to. A talented young horse wins his second race start... he is awkward and green in running but shows he definitely has ability. Seven starts later, the young gelding is still a bit wayward in his racing, a little field shy and reluctant to load in the barriers but in the saddle is Tim Bell who confidently boots him to his second win and it seems the little guy is on his way..
The next twenty nine starts became a tale that many an owner know so well...trapped four wide....wouldn't take a gap....he's lost his confidence...nearly got there.....unlucky! He has also endured a career laced with unfortunate injuries. Nothing serious mind you, but enough to interrupt just about every preparation he has had, a spider bite, a cut on his leg, a nasty cough.
He always shows enough to keep him racing though, the ability is always there. In the meantime, the horse he beat in his second start went on to win six out of his next seventeen races and younger sister Espiritu stepped on the scene and took all before her effortlessly and notched up seven wins in no time.
But that's racing.... Ability is only part of the game...another part is luck and Camayoc doesn't have a lot.
The horse is still a little field shy and tends to over race at times. It took him thirty months and twenty nine starts but he won again and has never worked or looked better. His confidence is back and Jon Lawler is a happy man.
He loves that little horse.