By Isaac Murphy
It took 52 starts and a kennel change, but Albion Park 600-metre specialist Mac Roamin’ finally broke through in free-for-all company last week for new trainer Allan Oshyer.
Oshyer has worked diligently to give the soon-to-be four-year-old a shot at the winter distance races, beginning with this week’s listed Winter Chase heats.
The dog spent most of his career with Bob Adams, where he enjoyed plenty of success but having tried everything with him, Adams offered him up to good mate Oshyer, who was more than happy to take the reins.
“He was a good dog for Bob but he had a lot of liver problems and niggles here and there and there,” Oshyer said.
“His last seven runs with Bob he went unplaced and Bob was through trying with him.
“We’ve been mates a long time and he just asked me at Capalaba one day if I’d like to have a go with him.
“I knew how good his best was, so I said sure, now I’m training and Bob’s son Kris owns him.”
Mac Roamin’s career could be described as enigmatic, but Oshyer took up the challenge to try to figure the dog out for the latter half of his career.
“He’s not the easiest dog to train, he has his vices and needs to have it all his own way,” Oshyer said.
“I just took it steady the first couple of months to get him fit and first up over six hundred he came out and won, and then won again in free-for-all company last week.
“I think the change of kennels has freshened him up, not that he was unhappy at Bob’s but sometimes they just need something different.
“He’s been enjoying life up my little straight at home, I take him to Capalaba to trial and I’ve tried a few little things with his diet to keep him healthy and it’s all going well so far.”
It wasn’t all violets and roses from the start for Oshyer, who had to endure some unsuitable races with Mac Roamin’ to get him right for his pet distance.
“When I first started to race him, I put him in a 395 and everyone thought I was mad, but it was all a part of racing him into fitness with 600 the end goal,” Oshyer said.
“He started to show flashes over the 520 metres and I gave him a trial about six weeks ago where he went 30.60 at Ipswich, and it was right after that he came out and won over the 600 at Albion, so it all came together.”