‘Forrest Gump’ to G1 favorite

I Want I Win could possibly be racings new Superman if he wins his first Group 1 on Saturday, however it wasn’t that way back he was being in comparison with Forrest Gump.

Identical to the long-lasting film character, the growth Kiwi was born with a leg so dangerous, it was nearly pointing at proper angles, leaving Waikato Stud boss Mark Chittick in disbelief.

His older full brother would go on to promote for $1.4m a number of months later, however Chittick knew the son of Savabeel, out of one in every of his prized mares, wouldn’t be destined for the gross sales ring.

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As an alternative, the breeding giants would preserve him and embark on a sequence of pure treatments as an alternative of intrusive surgical procedure.

“We knew the complete brother was going to be a high liner on the gross sales, so when this one was born I did not know whether or not to chortle or cry,” Chittick mentioned.

I Want I Win’s bent leg as a foal. Image: Mark Chittick — Waikato Stud.

“We like rearing our horses as naturally as potential, so whenever you get a horse like that, it’s how he has been made.

“On the finish of the day, he’s a bit like Forrest Gump.”

The leg would slowly come good and I Want I Win headed to coach Jamie Richards to start his racing profession, the place it shortly turned evident he had effectively above common capacity.

“Probably the most unimaginable factor to us was that he gained his first race as a two-year-old, it is not like we needed to watch for ages with him,” Chittick mentioned.

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“I truly despatched Jamie Richards a photograph of his legs when he was a foal after his first win and he could not consider it.

“I am buggered if I do know however whenever you watch the final 100m of a race in gradual movement, there are horses that you already know that stand and stroll straight, however when they’re underneath stress late in a race, their legs are getting into all instructions.

“Then there are horses that you already know are usually not straight walkers, like him, however when they’re galloping within the final 100m the legs are going fairly effectively straight.”

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I Want I Win is favorite for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Saturday. Image: George Sal — Racing Images through Getty Pictures.

Following his Australian debut final month, Chittick obtained “sizeable” gives to lastly promote I Want I Win, however the miracle foal means an excessive amount of to ever promote now.

“There was no means I may promote him as a yearling, however he has change into a sentimental horse to all of us right here on the farm now,” he mentioned.

“We had fairly a big provide to purchase him after that win in Australia however he’s too sentimental to us now so no cash will purchase him.”

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As for his hopes within the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Saturday, Chittick says sky could possibly be the restrict for the $3.50 favorite.

“After that first run in Australia, we obtained little bits of knowledge that make you suppose,” he mentioned.

“He ran a quicker time than the (Group 1) Memsie on the identical day and he ran 11 lengths quicker than customary.

“While you begin listening to these issues, it makes you consider two issues – one being I hope it is not the one time he does it, however the different one thought is do now we have a freak on our arms right here?”

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