Onadowntowntrain gave Brent Albuino a kick-start in the training ranks with a front-running victory at Ascot on Saturday.
Albuino began training for Gold Front Thoroughbreds owners Alan and Sue Olive at their Gingin establishment earlier this year. His only other Saturday winner in town had been Lost Heritage for Yarradale Stud’s Ron Sayers.
Onadowntowntrain (3g Exceed And Excel – I’mtoogoodtobetrue by Good And Tough) won his maiden at Pinjarra on April 2 and then doubled up with a front-running victory in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp (1000m).
“It was a big step up from Pinjarra but he did it well,” Albuino said. “He has a ton of speed and had a tendency to over-race early on but Shaun (O’Donnell) has been teaching him to settle.
“He’s still immature and if he continues to learn could make a serious sort of horse.”
Onadowntowntrain was initially trained by Tim Martin and was placed at Canterbury earlier this season. When Martin began downsizing his Sydney team in advance of a move back to the country, the Olives brought him back to Perth.
The speedy son of Darley champion Exceed And Excel is the first Australian foal of USA bred mare I’mtoogoodtobetrue. She won five stakes races and foaled a winner by Macho Uno before arriving out here in 2009.
Her second Aussie foal Rommel (Commands) was a brilliant Ascot winner for owner Santo Guagliardo before pulling up injured in the Karrakatta Plate.
Onadowntowntrain continues the successful run of Gold Front this season. Divine Calling, Vitello, Awesome Rock and Florid Affair have won in the Eastern States while Hold Your Tongue and Prete A Partir have saluted at Ascot.
Divine Calling was G1 placed in the Caulfield Guineas and Awesome Rock was G2 placed in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Shadow Of A Girl (2f Dane Shadow – Convictions by Woodman) looked another early winner for the Gold Front team when she was beaten a half-head on debut at Pinjarra on Sunday. The Olives bred her dam back to Gold Front sire Slater last year.