Nervous wait for connections
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE excitement that an owner feels as one of their horses jumps in its first start is a result of so many emotions rolled into one.
The hope that the horse could be a champion, the fear that the investment could be wasted.
Imagine if you were a trainer of a first starter and the owner and breeder of the horse was your father.
That's the situation that Jessica Lang faces this afternoon when Mt Monashee jumps in the opening race of today's Coffs Harbour TAB meeting.
"He's a very patient man," Lang said of her father.
"I haven't been too bad but the pressure isn't on mainly because they've done a lot of breeding rather than go and buy tried horses and open handicap horses.
"It's been a very slow process of getting the horses to the races.
"Going through shin soreness, barrier trials, in and out, it takes a long time but now I've got six running and it's starting to come into play and get them all to the races."
Mt Monashee is sired by American horse Monashee Mountain which will hold the three year-old gelding in good stead judging by the bloodlines.
"The Monashee Mountain's have been winning a few races," Lang explained.
"He ran fourth in a barrier trial behind a class four horse.
"Had he drawn a better barrier I'd be a lot more confident with him."
Lang herself is a part owner of another horse in the opening race today.
Solomans Way has recovered from knee surgery and returns today from the 14 month layoff required.
"He's been really good," the trainer enthused.
"It's six months off and then they come back and you need to bring them back really slowly and take a lot of care with them with less work on the track and more swimming."
Lang is excited about the prospects for the four year-old but thinks today's start will be a good stepping stone for him.
"He's just had one trial, this is basically his first start back, he's going to need the run," she explained.
"The 800 metres will be a good blowout for him, he's a bit highly strung so it'll be a good day out at home, on his own track where he can learn a bit and remember what it's all about."