Hear The Drums
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
“REWARDS OF THE READY TO RUN”
Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaCharl Pretorius writes on Racingweb that when Fairview-based trainer, Des “Choppies” McLachlan, was interviewed almost a year ago to the day, he had only two goals earmarked for the then 18-time winning sprint star, the Peter Fabricius-owned Hear The Drums.
“Choppies” Mclachlan wanted to win 20 races with the son of Gold Press and aimed to rack up R1 million or more in stakes, a feat unequalled for a “Port Elizabeth original”.
Now things have changed. Hear The Drums has won 26 races, more than R1.4 million in stakes and he recorded his fastest time - 56.05 sec - when winning the Speedsters Stakes at Arlington on 14 August, setting a new course record!
“Well, what can I say,” commented the modest 46-year-old trainer. “Goals come and go but Hear The Drums has done more than enough for us and for Port Elizabeth racing. He’s seven years old now and it’s a question of keeping him ticking over. As you can see by his course record in his 26th career win, he still loves to race and as long as that is so, we will keep him in training. Hear The Drums is an intelligent horse, he will tell us when he is ready for retirement. He might win a few more or get beat at the weights but the length of his career is up to him.
“If you look at Hear The Drums you would think he is a horse who would battle to win a race,” McLachlan tells. “He’s a small horse, nothing special to look at, and he hasn’t got the best of legs. This is one of the reasons owner Peter Fabricius managed to buy him for only R42,000 at the Vintage Ready To Run Sale.
“He was bred by Mick Gossat Summerhill Stud where we found our former star Brigadier Parker several years ago. He was also a cheapie and won us 15 races. Peter and I like to see how the young horses move, hence our support of the Ready To Run Sales.”
The strange thing about Hear The Drums is that he shows almost nothing in home gallops. “I guess he is a freak,” says McLachan. “He loafs at home but when he comes to the track he pumps himself up like the champion he is and gives what is required!”
Hear The Drums will have one more tilt at the Cape Flying Championship. “He was beaten under two lengths by O’Caesour and Mythical Flight in the 2008 race and 2.50 lengths by Rebel King in the 2009 race when with more luck in running, he might have finished closer. Perhaps we can win it, third time lucky.”
McLachlan and Fabricius, “a true gentleman and a pleasure to train for”, have raced four Horses Of The Year in only a decade of partnership - former Cape Guineas winner Ethno Centric and Port Elizabeth stars Brigadier Parker, Hear The Drums and Paris Perfect.
Three of them, interestingly, from Summerhill!