Slow learner Is It Me could graduate into a stakes performer with more luck in Saturday’s Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m). Is It Me has only had three starts well into his three-year-old season but the gelding has shown enormous potential, winning two of those outings. Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman said Is It Me has no physical issues but the son of Iffraaj took time to understand his job. However, easing Is It Me into racing at a moderate Penshurst meeting last November before a trip to Adelaide helped the promising galloper’s development. “He’s a slow learner and took a bit of time to work it all out,” Bowman said. “It’s an old school trainer’s trick to take a horse away to season them and help them mature and it did the trick with him. “He came back in this time a lot smarter, more professional and he’s grown up a lot.” Many punters argue Is It Me should have remained unbeaten when an unlucky first-up second as a well-backed favourite at Flemington on March 11. Developing galloper Is It Me is set for his toughest test in Saturday’s $200,000 Bendigo Guineas. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images. Is It Me drew barrier one but had nowhere to go in the straight before charging home when clear to finish a long neck from Meridius. The Bendigo track was rated a soft (5) on Thursday afternoon but Bowman said wet or dry conditions would not matter to the emerging prospect. “He goes on dry or wet, road, sand, grass or whatever. It’s point and shoot with him,” Bowman said. “Sometimes when they have that meeting and they haven’t had the rain, it can be a bit of on-speed bias. “With the good rain they’ve had, it should be a nice fair track where they were able to win from anywhere.”
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