Trainer Gayna Williams has had a tough time with I Am A Cool Kid. Picture: AAP
Trainer Gayna Williams has had a tough time with I Am A Cool Kid. Picture: AAP

Cool Kid repays Williams’ faith after tough times

GAYNA Williams was in tears after I Am A Cool Kid's runaway win in the Highway Handicap - and you couldn't blame her.

She bought the now six-year-old as a yearling but two major setbacks had reduced him to three starts before he blew a big field away on Saturday at Randwick over 1100m.

"He nearly died," Williams said.

"He spent two weeks in ICU with colitis and it was lucky he survived. He bled after that so he's spent more of his life in the paddock than on the racetrack.

"It's been such a long road with him but we've preserved because he's so talented. It's a relief to have him here.

"I told Adam to just be a passenger until about 150m from home so he surprised me a bit. He jumped well and got going so he had no other option."

I Am A Cool Kid, by I Am Invincible, started well from a wide gate for Adam Hyeronimus, who was more than happy to go to Plan B. He led them into the straight and booted clear at the 300m to win by 4½ lengths in race record time.

"It was pretty painless," Hyeronimus said.

"After he goes 100m he bowls along nice and he got to the front quiet easily.

"The plan was to sit off and see how he raced that way but I cruised to the front and he went away from them in the straight."

Jockey Adam Hyeronimus was impressed by I Am A Cool Kid’s big win. Picture: AAP
Jockey Adam Hyeronimus was impressed by I Am A Cool Kid’s big win. Picture: AAP

Williams could set I Am A Cool Kid for the Country Championships and going by Saturday's run he shouldn't have any problems extending his speed out to 1400m.

His trainer is understandably cautious, however, given his history.

"He was good," she said.

"We really don't know how good he is though because he hasn't had a lot of pressure out of him.

"He's out of a Zabeel mare. He's never shown a lot of stamina but he has never been race fit so we'll see what he can do."

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