“We had My Dear for a while and then we sold her and this year we have bought her back and Anne picked Showtime for her and she is in foal. She is an old mare now but we are hoping for something like Bobbing, but you only get one good one.
“She is 20 now but you have to try again with her because of Bobbing.”
Kelly has had to be patient with Bobbing, even to get the track, so being balloted from The Hunter didn’t really worry him. He was happy to step back into what he calls “a tough benchmark 88” at Newcastle and take the grade on the way to better races.
It means regular partner Koby Jennings can ride him at the 60kg at Newcastle on Saturday.
“I think he is a group horse, he just hasn’t raced in those races yet,” Jennings said. “He is very good, once he gets there he will be winning.”
Kelly knows there are plenty of options for Bobbing – including next month’s Villiers Stakes, which offers a run in the Doncaster, and the Country Championships – if he was to get beaten on Saturday.
“I’m not looking too far ahead at the moment,” Kelly said.
“Saturday will tell us a lot more about him and where he is going. It is still early in prep and we could go a couple of different ways.
“Missing The Hunter might be a good thing just to give him another run before taking on those real good ones.”
Bobbing’s whole career has been slow and steady and Kelly will not be rushed.
“He broke a splint bone at his first start and that took a year to get right. He needed to mature, so that was a blessing, and I still think his best is in front of him,” he said.
“I hope Koby is right about him because it would be nice to be in those sort of races.
“I’m just happy to take baby steps with him because he will be around for another couple of years being a gelding.”
Bobbing has risen quickly through the grades but Kelly looks at his penalties with some bemusement.
“He got four points for winning the Provincial Championships and six for the running third in the Kosciuszko, I can’t work that out,” he said.
“I thought he was very good in the Kosciuszko and he has improved from that run. I’m a bit worried about the 60kg, being a weights and measures man, and wanted to claim.
“But I got overruled by my wife, who owns him, she said Koby gets on too well with him not to use him.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald