Deep Heat in emotional win
Apr 19, 2016
Former champion racehorse turned super sire RUBITON has been gone for over a decade, however his progeny are still getting the job done on the track with 9yo gelding DEEP HEAT providing an emotion charged win at Werribee last week.
Foaled in September 2006 Deep Heat would now doubt be one of the last of Rubiton's progeny to be racing and quite possibly, after last week, his last winner. The story of Deep Heat and his owner Dave Baker is an extraordinary one, demonstrating the patience, determination and tenacity of both horse and man.
A long time supporter of 888 Racing, owner Dave Baker entrusted Deano and the team with the task of returning Deep Heat to the winners stall as an ageing veteran and four years since he last won a race. Deep Heat has seen a fair bit of the country since his debut over 7 years ago at Bendigo back in March of 2009. Since then the gelding has had 61 starts, raced in two different states, was then purchased as a tried horse before having two years off due to injury where Mr Baker he was told the horse would never race again.
Fast forward to 2016 and the Deep Heat returned from QLD to Dean and the team, where he has thrived on the facilities and training regime Deano has in place at his state of the art property located directly behind the Mornington racecourse. By utilising the onsite the water walker to not only manage the veteran galloper's aches and pains, but to also spark a bit of life in to his legs, Deep Heat has found a new lease of life returning to form last week at Werribee over the 1450m.
The win was an emotional one for owner Dave Baker, who has ridden the ups and downs with this old galloper.
'He broke down in 2012 and was told he'd never race again. However two years later he returned to the track' Said an emotional Dave Baker on course after win.
'I knew this horse would thrive under the care of Dean. They've done a great job'
Deep Heat was given a patient ride by rising young apprentice Tahlia Hope, who didn't panic when headed shortly after they turned for home. After letting the horse balance himself up Tahlia rode confidently over the concluding stages and the 9yo showed his younger counterparts there was plenty of life left.
Watch his win below.