Rum In The Sun and Jonny Cox are out on their own at the finish. Photo: Race Images.
Michael Palermo has always known that time and patience were going to be the best friend of talented trotter Rum In The Sun and he’s now starting to see the benefits of it.
After a couple of testing campaigns where the son of Bacardi Lindy promised plenty but often didn’t deliver, things have been outstanding this time in with the six-year-old winning three of his last five.
“I don’t know if he’s trotting any better,” Palermo said.
“His gait still isn’t right, but he’s definitely matured and strengthened up a lot and you can see that in him.”
After a huge win fresh up, Rum In The Sun won again the following start before a good second behind Tijuana Taxi.
He then put a blemish on things with a gallop from the stand at his most recent start before Friday night when he never really got fluent in his action and galloped on two occasions.
“He used to be horrible from behind the mobile because he’d try and chase it, that’s why he’s on the unruly.
“But now we have to get him trotting away from stands again; he used to be very good at it.”
Palermo, who has been a long-standing member of Tim Butt’s stable and is now part of the Butt and Jonny Cox combination, has always had time for the Roydon Lodge bred trotter.
“I’ve always like him, but he’s had plenty of issues - his feet being one of them.
“But we manage it and he’s going great at the moment. I would have been a bit disappointed if he hadn’t won last night I think, though.”
Rum In The Sun was driven on Friday night by, Cox who surged his way to parked inside the final lap and controlled the race from there before dashing away.
Palermo’s wife, Kylie, owns the horse after the pair made use of the right of purchase on their original lease agreement with Roydon Lodge and brought him outright.
“He’s keeping the wife happy, which is always a good thing,” Palermo laughed.
A discretionary handicap trot at Rangiora next Sunday is the likely next target for Rum In The Sun.