Raw Ability: Respectability Sets Albion Park Alight

FELLOW trainer Anthony Azzopardi was on the phone to Iluka trainer Mick Patterson some months ago offering some helpful advice.

David Brasch

19 May 2022

ANTHONY Azzopardi was on the phone to Iluka trainer Mick Patterson some months ago offering some helpful advice.

Mick had Respectability, a son of Azzopardi’s Group star Raw Ability and Fred Swain’s high class proven broodbitch Fay’s Magic in his kennels.

“Everyone” knew the ability Respectability possessed but the problem was getting it out of him. From his first four starts, Respectability did not run a place. 

Mick was getting edgy. Anthony reckoned he could help.

“Anthony rang and gave me some advice,” said Mick. “He’d had his father Raw Ability and it was so kind of him to ring and offer to help.”

Respectability turned the corner winning the recent Listed Grafton Cup just four starts after winning his maiden.

On Wednesday night at Albion Park, just moments after Respectability had swept to a scorching 29.62 5th Grade victory by almost 13 lengths, the first person to phone Mick with congratulations was Anthony Azzopardi.

Mick Patterson, the Iluka training wizard, was not only on cloud nine because of the win, but the fact Azzopardi took the time out to contact him so quickly.

“It was no surprise he went so fast,” said Mick. “But, I was not expecting him to run a 29.62, just hopeful.”

Mick admitted he had received criticism for ignoring the Young Guns series that is on at Albion Park at the moment.

“This dog has enormous potential,” said Mick. “But I have a plan and I always stick to my plans with my dogs.

“The plan is to get his confidence around Albion Park and then target the Flying Amy Classic.

“With that in mind, he will run again at Albion Park next Wednesday and then have a bit of time before going into the Flying Amy. He should be spot on for it.

“I know the opposition will be greater in that, but this is the plan we will stick with. Next week’s race will finalise the plan going into the Flying Amy.”

The 29.62 run exceeded the best Mick’s former Group champ He Knows Uno ran at his career best.

“He beat Glen Gallon by four lengths in the Gold Coast Cup and ran 29.70,” said Mick of He Knows Uno. 

“He went on to make 23 Group or Listed races. It was a different era then to now and I’m not going to compare them.”

Patterson also won a 395m Novice with Respectability’s littermate Who’s A Picture in 23.09.

Mark Wilkes owns the dog.

“Mark’s got a better one at home but I can’t get hold of it,” said Mick. “I’ll keep working on him though.”

In a horror thought for rival trainers, Mick admits Respectability is “not fully wound up yet”.

“I’ve been keeping him a bit on the fresh side,” he said. “I know what work he’s done and there is more to come from him in the future.”