HE’S as quiet as a mouse around the stables yet over zealous on race day.
Tiger Territory channels Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when he steps from the stables to the starting barriers.
Fortunately Friday’s race seven winner at Goulburn is only a start or two from developing into a runner capable of success in the big smoke.
That’s the view of Guy Walter’s Goulburn stable foreman, John Bateman, who oversaw Tiger Territory’s standout win at the final fixture of the 2011/2012 local racing season.
“He’s got plenty of ability, he’s just a bit head strong,” Bateman, charged with the mission of settling the four-year-old gelding for a possible stint in Sydney, said on Monday.
“You’ve got to remember that was his first run in six of seven months. He came into the meet without a barrier trial… He got a bit restless, but plenty of horses get a bit over zealous.”
The nervous energy worked wonders for the shifty gelding, who disposed of Chicka Pearson’s Stake Knife at the juicy odds of $5.50.
The victory, and the experience, leaves Tiger Territory in good stead.
“He needs a bit more work and a couple more runs to take the edge off, but he’s going okay,” Bateman said.
“We’ll play it by ear a little bit. We’d like to take him to town [Sydney] but he’s not ready yet. We’ll see how he progresses… He might need a few more runs here.”
The race seven win was a double dose of good news for successful trainer Guy Walter and a triple-treat for gun jockey Blake Shinn.
Warwick Farm trainer Walter walked from his home-away-from-home with two wins to his credit – one via the aforementioned Tiger Territory and the other courtesy of four-year-old mare Serkia.
Shinn notched a hat-trick of wins across the nine race card, the first aboard Ad Victorium for Adam and Christopher Voigt and the final two for Walter’s winning pair.
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown secured victory with Red Dynamite for Tim Martin in the second, Patrick Murphy with Patsy Girl for Wendy Roche in the afternoon’s opener, and Brendan Ward, Mitchell Bell, Jeff Penza and Neil Perryman secured paycheques in the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth respectively.
The occasion marks the end of a solid season for the Goulburn and District Race Club. General manager Greg Wilson will be most pleased with the interest in November’s Goulburn Cup and Girls Day Out, the latter of which attracted a season-high crowd.
Both are on the cards are for 2012/13.
The Club’s new season commences next Tuesday.
BREAKTHROUGH: Blake Shinn on Friday rode Tiger Territory to victory in the gelding’s first run since November. Photo: Darryl Fernance.
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