OWNER Dom Festa hopes Count Romano's troubles are behind him after the lightly-raced galloper returned from a bone chip operation to score at the Gold Coast today.
Having his fourth run back after his 10-month layoff, Count Romano ($9) drew away for a 2-1/2 length win for 3kg-claiming apprentice Michael McKenzie in today's Busan Racehorse Owners Association Trophy Class 2 Hcp (1800m).
Representatives of South Korea's BROA were special guests of the Gold Coast Turf Club today and made the presentation to Count Romano's connections after the race.
"You have to be patient in racing and we've certainly had to be with this horse,'' said Festa. "He was a slow maturer and didn't race until he was four, then last year after he won at the Sunshine Coast we had to give him a long break to have bone chips removed from a knee.
"Hopefully, things are looking up for him and we can get a couple more seasons of racing out of him.''
Toowoomba galloper Both Ears also rewarded her connections' patience when she finally broke through at the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Trained and part-owned by Gary Teal, the five-year-old mare shed her Maiden status at her 30th start in today's Wanless Recycling Class 1 Hcp (900m).
Story: Neil Archer
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