It seems only a matter of time before Banju finally gets a maiden off the mark, and his Scone-based trainer is hoping the same can be said for him at Bathurst on Sunday.
Lyle Chandler is new to the training ranks after serving a long apprenticeship as stable foreman for both John O’Shea and David Vandyke. He has also worked for Lindsay Park and Gai Waterhouse, as well as completing stints in England and his place of birth, South Africa.
Chandler was even a travelling groom for a period, but the desire to train has always burned bright.
“I have been at Scone for a year," Chandler said. "I’ve only had a couple of horses in training at once, and a couple of pre-trainers. I don’t have much of a profile just yet, which is a bit in my nature, but I want to start building."
Four-year-old Banju has placed in all five of his career runs, the latest of those at Scone where he was trapped wide throughout. The winner there, Tempel One, started favourite in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Rosehill, while second and fourth have since won.
“That’s the story of his career, all of the horses in front of him go on and do something,” Chandler said.
“It’s been a little frustrating, but he has shown a bit of talent and he has been ultra-consistent. He is always trying.
“I think he’ll be suited over further but he has got speed. He’s probably hit the front too soon a couple of times in his career, then he drew wide at Scone two back. It’s never all quite gone to plan for him but he’s a nice horse.
“His work has been great, he is a very honest horse. The family takes a bit of time but I couldn’t be happier with him.”
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