THE FIRST victory of every trainer’s career is always extra special and for Ipswich Rebecca Mollica it was an early Christmas present when her galloper Back ‘Em Black won at ridiculous odds on home turf, only a few weeks ago and it’s set up a hard act to follow when he comes back to the track to race over coming weeks.
Back ‘Em Black still has some racing in front of him but Mollica, 33, has declared the gelding will have a forever home with her as long as he likes.
The win over the 1350 metre course before Christmas was a first for both of them. “It was great as he is our baby,” the young trainer said.
“We bought him from Magic Millions online sight unseen. He was such a weedy looking horse and I was worried about what I had bought when he first arrived. He has a big old scar on his knee and he has had two operations.
“He is like our pet now and will be with us forever. To see him win was really good as we do love him.”
Mollica and Back ‘Em Black‘s owner Brodie Cosgriff shared in the $16,800 prize on offer for the provincial maiden.
Back ‘Em Black races in unique silks: bronze, black and lightning bolts with white outline, hooped sleeves and black cap,