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Shepparton syndicate finally tastes success

Shepparton-based Retto Syndicate has had a win on the track, with its four-year-old filly Elements of Art saluting for the first time after 16 starts.

DAMEN FRANCIS July 3, 2014 3:40am

Mark O'Sullivan, Allan Hueston, Paul Scott, Jordan Hallam, Christine Moretto, Emily Moretto, Sam Moretto, Frank Moretto, Gianluca Moretto, Zane Moretto and Jacob Moretto with Elements of Art.


Patience has paid off for a rookie Shepparton-based harness racing syndicate.

Elements of Art, owned by Retto Syndicate, finally broke through for its first win after 16 starts on Sunday night.

The four-year-old filly battled several health and performance issues, but delivered victory in race nine at Shepparton Harness Club.

Trainer John Hallam said there were never any guarantees in owning a horse, but it was some reward for perseverence.

‘‘It started racing April last year, but they had it six months prior, so they’ve been paying up for quite a while,’’ Hallam said.

‘‘It ran a good race at Kilmore prior to Sunday night, it sat in the deck and ran third and then it came out and won (on Sunday).

‘‘For first-time owners, it was quite exciting for them.’’

Local builder Frank Moretto is part of the syndicate that formed through a sponsorship package with Congupna Football Club.

‘‘In the sponsorship package they get a table at the trots for the night and Frank had never been there before and he took all the boys out there and they got excited watching it and decided they would have a horse,’’ Hallam said.

‘‘It’s just been one thing after another. It wasn’t very well-gaited it was cross-firing and it was very hard to get going and then it got a massive infection in its udder, looked like having to have that removed.

‘‘Every time we got it up and ready to race, something else would go wrong and it would go to the trials and it wouldn’t put in anyway.

‘‘Several times over the last six months we got very close to giving it the chop but it’s turned around the last six or seven weeks.’’

Moretto said it had been a roller-coaster ride and a while coming, but was worth it.

‘‘You do it for a bit of fun, that’s all, the off chance of it ever being financially viable is one in a million, so we were happy all right, it’s been fun,’’ Moretto said.

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