Falino gives his trainer Darren Bell a boost after Eagle Farm boilover
PUNTERS weren’t the only ones shaking their heads at the incredible comeback win of long-priced Falino at Eagle Farm.
Not even his trainer Darren Bell thought his seven-year-old galloper had a hope.
But first-up in nearly nine months and over an unsuitable sprint distance of 1000m, the lightly-raced veteran picked them up from last and put them away in breathtaking style.
Falino ($17) shattered the clock and shattered his rivals’ hearts as he unleashed a withering sprint from last to burst away to a two-and-a-quarter lengths win over Mr Favulous ($2.60 favourite).
Deagon trainer Bell, who has endured a frustrating run of outs with his horses in recent times, could hardly believe his eyes as he left horses like Mr Favulous and Adebisi in his wake.
‘’It really wasn’t expected, I thought they would be way too sharp for him,’’ Bell said.
‘’He did have a jump-out at Deagon a couple of weeks ago and he was super in that, but I just thought they would run him off his feet a bit in this race.
‘’He has run well fresh in those sort of races before but at this stage of his career I probably never expected it.
‘’I haven’t felt like a good trainer lately as I have been having a very quiet run. But that was certainly very satisfying.’’
Jockey Larry Cassidy told how Falino won ‘’with a leg in the air’’ and how he felt he had his rivals covered a long way out.
‘’We knew we were going to get back, it was just a matter of how far off them we were going to get,’’ Cassidy said.
‘’Getting to the turn I thought I was going quite well. I sort of snuck up the inside and then I was able to angle out and get into the clear.
‘’I thought I had them covered at the 250m when I was still a fair way off them.
‘’I picked them up very easy and very quickly.’’
It has been a long and winding career for Falino who tasted victory several times as a three-year-old, including a Rosehill win in 2010. His best has been brilliant but he has often been hampered by injury.
‘’He has had a few problems all the way through,’’ Bell said.
‘’He had throat surgery and had a few complications with that.
‘’But this time back in his breathing has been very good and the horse has been terrific.
‘’Hopefully there are still some nice some races still ahead of him.’’