It’s full steam ahead for exciting sprinter Full Steam Ahead.
Veteran trainer Noel Pateman, 68 on Thursday, is planning the five-year-old’s future around next year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes.
Full Steam Ahead (5g Trade Fair – Like A Steam Train by Warring Nations) resumed from a spell with a convincing half-length win in the Racing Radio Hcp (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Pateman plans to give Full Steam Ahead only three more runs in his current preparation. His major targets will be the Australia Day Cup (1500m) at Ascot on January 26 and the Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) at Ascot on February 16.
He will then be turned out before being specially prepared for the Railway Stakes. “He’s a handful,” said Pateman. “But he’s an exceptional horse.
“My daughter Nicole bought him for just $3,500 and spends most of the day spoiling him. Now I don’t generally believe in spoiling horses but he needs it. And it’s getting great results with the promise of better things ahead.
“He’s a lanky 17.2 hands and has naturally been immature. Paul Harvey said he is just starting to put it all together. And after Saturday’s race, Jim Taylor told me he should develop into an ideal Railway horse. Jim said he just wanted to win and always appeared to have something up his sleeve.
The Patemans have knocked back several offers for Full Steam Ahead including an approach from Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse.
At his peak, Pateman was one of WA’s leading trainers and had stabling for 62 horses at Anstey Beach. He now maintains a team of 12 on 60 acres at Dongara and is content spending most of his time at distant country meetings.
Full Steam Ahead was bred by Lesley Allen and is from a half-sister to Oxidation (LR Challenge Stakes), Metallurgy (lr Beaufine Stakes) and the dam of Beat The Storm (G3 Belmont Sprint) and ill-fated sprinter Like An Eagle (LR Hareeba Stakes). It’s also the family of Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Old Fashion.
Trade Fair (Zafonic) stands at Alwyn Park and has sired 112 individual winners of 289 races at a 57% strike-rate.