JUST like his namesake, Eric The Eel isn't a great swimmer.
That's why his latest win in a 2YO (1600m) on a heavy track at the Sunshine Coast underlined his promise.
By Olympic Glory, Eric The Eel is named after Equatorial Guinea swimmer Eric Moussambani Malonga, who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, despite never seeing an Olympic-sized swimming pool before, and swam accordingly.
The horse version looks destined for more success then Eric The Eel had in the pool, with two wins and two seconds from his first five career starts.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said the latest win on Sunday, May 19, with Jimmy Orman aboard, was full of merit as Eric The Eel ($2.05-fav) never looked entirely comfortable on the heavy surface.
He also made his winning run on the inside section of the track, which was the worst part of the going.
"I was a bit worried today with the top weight and we ended up with a heavy track,'' Kendrick said.
"I think he's going to be a lot better horse when he can get on top of the ground eventually."
Kendrick believes Eric The Eel will stay.
"He's bred on his dam side to stay, so I will be keen as he turns into a three-year-old to get over those 2000-2400-metre type of trips. I think he'll really thrive.
"We might give him one more start this time in over a mile as long as he pulls up well. Maybe if we can get into the JJ (Atkins) we might roll the dice there at Eagle Farm and we'll then spell him and hopefully look to the Spring."
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