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It's hard to beat Pete but Borham hoping Colrob can match up

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David Polkinghorne

John Borham hopes Colrob will follow in the footsteps of his stable star Paramount Pete, but the Queanbeyan trainer admits the four-year-old gelding still has a way to go.

Colrob will jump in the last at Thoroughbred Park, the class 1 handicap (1200 metres), and Borham said the son of Zariz should ''put in a good run''.

He is returning from a 14-week spell and Borham thought the trip might be too long for him first-up. Borham said Colrob had a similar racing pattern to Paramount Pete and liked to get back before swooping home.

The pair also shared their best distance - 1400 metres - as well as their owners - Pat and Trish Quilty.

''I'd like to think so [that Colrob will be as good as Paramount Pete], I don't know if he will or not,'' Borham said. ''Pete's been pretty good to me, but I think Colrob can be a pretty handy horse if he keeps improving.''

While Colrob is just starting his preparation, Paramount Pete has gone to the paddock for a quick freshen-up and will return for the Braidwood Cup (1350 metres) in February, in which he finished second this year.

Paramount Pete had a consistent spring, but couldn't break through for a win, placing five times from 11 starts.

Borham put that down to his racing pattern.

''He's a swooper, coming from behind in most of his races, and you do need a bit of luck, you run into dead ends and so forth,'' he said.

''I guess that's been his biggest problem, coming from behind and getting the luck, but he's also had good luck at times. He won the Moruya Cup [1425 metres] earlier this year.''

Borham counts training as both a hobby and a job, and does a bit of part-time work in a club as well.

He prefers to keep his stable small, with just three or four horses so he can manage all the work himself.

The racing bug bit him when he was a kid, regularly going to the races in Sydney with his parents.

He's had shares in horses over the years before he finally got into training, and his son Ben, who's a solicitor, works as his strapper when he's got a horse racing in Sydney.

''I always went to the races and I always had a fascination for the turf and followed it very closely, not so much from a betting angle, but the romance of the turf and that's what's kept me going,'' Borham said.

''There's no bigger thrill than winning a race.''

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