Legendary Sydney identity Colin Watts’s love for horses and harness racing continues to flourish through the deeds of the three-year-old American Ideal colt American Rainbow.
The colt has won three races in the space of 21 days – two at Penrith and one at Menangle – and is rated as a potential classics contender.
“Dad’s getting a little thrill out of him at 96. I think the horses are keeping him going. His mind is as sharp as anything and he doesn’t miss anything in a race either,” Colin’s son Graeme said.
Graeme, one of the owners of American Rainbow, developed and originally trained the colt.
“I had surgery for an arm injury, so we gave him to Paul Fitzpatrick to train only a week before he raced at Penrith,” Graeme said.
“I had him ready to go several times but he had a few setbacks including a curbed hock, then I got kicked by another horse.”
American Rainbow is raced by the Watts family with close friends Bruce Aanensen, John Fizzell and Barry Haining.
The group bought Consider It Done for $11,000 from the 2020 Australian Pacing Gold sale in Sydney.
“Consider It Done is the longest priced winner ever at Menangle at $176,” Graeme stated.
“The next year we decided to buy American Rainbow. We outlaid $36,000 for him.
“If dad want to buys one, he generally goes to APG Field Sales Consultant, Lance Holberton, and asks him to keep an eye out.”
Bred by John and Sue Markham’s Rainbow Farms, American Rainbow is out of the useful Fake Left mare Starry Rainbow, the dam of six winners – all inside 2:00 – from seven foals of racing age.
“Darren McCall broke him in. The job that Darren did is the very reason the horse is looking like he might be our best horse for some time. He’s got a presence about him,” Graeme said.
“The guys in this horse have been with us for a long time and haven’t really had a nice horse, so I’m hoping this horse might be the one.
“I liked him enough that I went and bought his half-sister this year.”
Colin Watts OAM has a long and proud association with harness racing. He served as president of the Fairfield Trotting Club for 14 years and secretary of the Central Trotting Association for 10 years and has trained a small team most of his life.
Oligarch, a gelding he bred, owned, trained and drove, was his best horse and Yamamoto gave him his biggest win in the 1966 Inter Dominion Trotting Final at Harold Park. Trunkey Wish, a winner of 20 races at Harold Park, and Fair And Square were among other top performers handled by Colin.