Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

One Size Fits All for Trainer

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

One Size Fits All for Trainer

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Byline: RICHMOND RACING Grahame timbrell

SOME of the training principles that have made John Size a household name in Hong Kong are bound up in the approach that new trainer Michael Pearson applies to his craft.

Pearson recently took out a trainer's licence and already has seven horses at Lismore.

The first of those, the headache galloper Hesashow, put the trainer's skills on show in the Alstonville Quality Meats Benchmark 55 (1000m) at Casino yesterday.

Hesashow, a winner of four races in Queensland including one at Doomben by seven-and-a-half lengths, was having his first start since October 2009.

At Casino he was on the pace all the way and held on for fifth.

The horse has always been difficult to handle and train and was renowned not only as a barrier rogue but a bolter on the training track.

Former Ipswich trainer Jamie Bayliss still managed to keep the horse racing but Bayliss' skills were eventually recognised by Victorian trainer Mick Kent and Bayliss moved south to join his stable.

Pearson takes up the story.

C[pounds sterling]The horse was sent up to the Sunshine Coast and spent a lot of time in a paddock,C[yen] Pearson said.

C[pounds sterling]Eventually a trainer up there put him back into work, took him to the Sunshine Coast for a trial but the horse refused to go into the barriers and was barred.

C[pounds sterling]Jim Kennedy, one of the owners, asked me to take him.

C[pounds sterling]I rode for Jim when I was an apprentice in Brisbane and we have always kept in touch.

C[pounds sterling]Jim knew I was thinking of a trainer's licence but I never expected a challenge like this.C[yen]

Pearson had been riding work in Ballina for Stephen Lee but came to Lismore to help Owen Glue when that trainer broke his leg.

It was about the time that Glue was getting back on his feet that Pearson got the call to take on Hesashow.

C[pounds sterling]He is a very headstrong horse and the first seven times I jumped on him he threw me straight off,C[yen] Pearson said.

C[pounds sterling]But I persevered and gradually got him going.

C[pounds sterling]The beauty with training him here in Lismore is that it is nice and quiet and there is nothing to spook him. …

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