A 10-year-old gelding named Ole Snip is set to make his belated debut at Rockhampton on Friday. 

Prepared by Yeppoon horseman Vic Heading, Ole Snip heads to the races off a 10.2L last in a 900m barrier trial at Rocky on February 23.

Heading was quick to point out that this is definitely not a carefully orchestrated betting sting eight years in the making.

"There's no great back-story with this guy. We're not setting him up for a punt."

"My old man bred him and I broke him in at two but he's been in the paddock for quite a few years," explained Heading.

"Dad's getting on in years and he's got a few old horses at home so I said 'give me that horse (Ole Snip) and I'll have a crack at training him for you'."

Ole Snip has been in work for three months and while stable expectations are low, Heading is hopeful the 10-year-old can pick up some minor prizemoney somewhere along the line.

"I know it probably seems bizarre but the old man was a gulf country ringer (cattle musterer) as a young bloke and he reckons the best stock horses he rode were 15," said Heading.

"The fact he's 10 won't make a difference. Racing can bugger our horses at two."

"A lot of our best horses probably don't reach their potential because they are stuffed at two - but that's the way it is these days," said Heading. 

Hopefully patience pays off for the Headings and Ole Snip can defy his age with a bold showing over the Rockhampton 1300m on Friday.

 

 

 

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