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The future looked extremely rosy for Know When To Run when he overcame the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) and charged home, out six wide, from last at the 250m to finish fifth behind Shockwave in the group 1 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in December 2019.
He was already a winner of six races, and four starts before the Golden Nugget he had finished an excellent third behind Patrickthepiranha in the group 1 Westbred Classic.
But he suffered a badly damaged tendon during the Golden Nugget, an injury which threatened his career. But tender care and the faith of trainer Justin Prentice enabled him to recover and resume racing three months ago after 22 months in the wilderness.
It was a great sigh of relief from Prentice at Gloucester Park on Friday night that marked Know When To Run’s return to the winning list with a convincing all-the-way triumph in the 2130m Retravision, Your Fujitsu Air Conditioning Specialist Pace.
Starting a $1.40 favourite from barrier one at his sixth start in his comeback preparation, Know When To Run was given an easy time in front by Gary Hall jnr with a lead time of 37.6sec. followed by slow opening quarters of 32sec. and 31.6sec.
Hall then gave Know When To Run his head and the gelding sped over the final 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 27.6sec. on his way to his two-length victory over $9 second fancy Arma Einstein, who battled on gamely after racing in the breeze. Macha Mucha ($11), who trailed the pacemaker throughout, was a nose away in third place.
“At the moment he looks fine and we’re hoping he can continue racing without any problems,” said Prentice.
Know When To Run is by American stallion Roll With Joe and is the second foal out of the unraced Modern Art mare Heather Mary. He was bred by Steve Johnson and was purchased by the Trotsynd No. 11 syndicate for $13,000 at the 2017 Perth yearling sale. He now has earned $70,838 from seven wins and nine placings from 21 starts.
Know When To Run is closely related to millionaire pacer David Hercules, a winner of 39 races, including the Fremantle Cup in January 2015. He is also related to Fake Embrace, who earned $240,249 from 37 wins and 40 places in Australia and America.