Story originally published by Adam Dobbin for the thegreyhoundrecorder.com.au
But if the hugely exciting son of Aston Dee Bee keeps producing performances like his blazing 29.38 seconds winning romp at The Gardens on Friday, Davidson concedes keeping a lid on things isn’t going to be easy.
“He’s without doubt the best dog I’ve had at this stage ability wise – he’s very exciting,” Davidson said.
“But he’s still learning and right now just getting the experience into him is the main thing. Being restricted to racing at Maitland and The Gardens at the moment because of Covid might actually be a blessing.
“It’s hard to look too far ahead.”
Friday afternoon’s barnstorming victory at The Gardens extended Mickey Doo’s record to four wins from six appearances.
He is owned by a syndicate headed up by Australian Bloodstock boss Luke Murrell which purchased the well-bred youngster following a debut fourth placing at The Gardens in May.
“The majority of the syndicate that own him raced Let’s See as well,” Davidson said.
“And they bought him the week that Let’s See broke down in a Listed race at Sandown Park. She retired on the Thursday night and he came into the kennels the very next day.
“One door closes and another one opens.”
Purchased from breeder-owner Darryl Wilson for what Davidson declared was an offer “too good to refuse”, it didn’t take long for Mickey Doo to start exhibiting the qualities to justify his price tag.
“He’d trialled fast at The Gardens so we knew he had ability,” Davidson said.
“I took him to Grafton to trial for the big July maiden and he broke the 350m record at his first run. I took him back the next week and he went slightly amiss so I pulled the pin on that idea.
“He raced at Maitland a few weeks later and bombed the start by six lengths but still won. That’s something I’m learning about him, he thrives on competition.”
In an ominous warning for future opposition, Davidson remains adamant that his budding young star is still open to improvement.
“In trials at The Gardens he can run low 4.90s early,” he added.
“But so far he hasn’t broken five seconds in his races – he’s still not getting the start right on race day but that will come with experience.
“So far I’m finding him hard to fault. He’s a beautiful dog at home and at the races he can do it at both ends. He ran home on Friday in 12.10s which is really good and he doesn’t have to lead in his races either.
“There’s a long way to go but he’s showing all the right signs and doing all the right things.
“Hopefully later in the year we can get him to Wentworth Park when he’s got more racing under his belt and test him there. He is still a work in progress.
“I’m not getting too carried away but he’s not making it easy.”