EVERGREEN sprinter Spectacular Iam lines up for its 16th career win at Wellington today.
And working off the back of an old car has been the secret elixir to the nine-year-old's longevity suggests Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy.
"We lead him off the back of an old car. He thrives on it," Kennedy said. "He kicks and squeals and working him that way keeps the weight of his back.
"He normally only has one gallop between runs.
"It's mainly slow work, three-quarter pace, up to 50km/h led off the car."
Spectacular Iam tackles the Barnsons Design Hcp (1100m).
To reduce the gelding's 62kg impost, Kennedy has engaged three-kilo claiming apprentice Winona Costin.
"It's a shame he got so much weight but I suppose it's expected given his record," Kennedy said.
Spectacular Iam has been with Kennedy since late 2009 after previously being prepared by Tracey Bartley.
"I've won 10 races with him," Kennedy said proudly. "Since I've had the horse he hasn't had any major injury problems.
"He broke his neck as a foal and can't look at you straight. There's a big displaced bone on his off side.
"I understand he was also in a float that tipped over. He had a few problems as a young horse."
Described as a "quiet horse" by Kennedy, Spectacular Iam still has an aversion to float travel.
"He just won't travel with other horses in the float," Kennedy said. "On his own he's fine."
Spectacular Iam was bred by the late Bob Butler. His overall record stands at 15 wins and 20 placing's from 63 starts, earning $168,435.
"He gets special attention at home," Kennedy admits. "He's been a great horse. Nothing fazes him; he eats up, does his work and tries his heart out on race day. He always puts in 110 per cent."
Kennedy said the gelding was in fine fettle for Wellington, a track where his statistics read: two wins and five placing's from eight starts. Spectacular Iam has also won seven times over the 1100m.
"I had him in at Gilgandra earlier in the month but he got a stone bruise and had to have week off," she added.
"The time off won't worry him. He's very good fresh.
"The old fella is jumping out of his skin."
Following Wellington Kennedy has the $25,000 Lightning at Quirindi on February 22 and $30,000 Wellington Town Plate on March 24 scheduled for her star galloper.
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THERE is free admission to the Wellington races today, however, patrons will be asked to donate at least $5 to the Coonabarabran Bushfire Appeal.
First race is at the later time of 2.57pm and the last of seven at 6.45pm.