Tony Gollan believes he has unearthed a potential Group 1 JJ Atkins contender with rapidly improving “gawky” two-year-old Tiger Heart, who put away his opposition in style at Doomben.
Given a peach of a ride by Georgina Cartwright, Tiger Heart broke his maiden at his second start in an eye-catching winter carnival pointer in the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m).
With a stride as big as Gollan’s five-year-old sprinter Zoustyle, Gollan will now aim the two-year-old son of Better Than Ready towards the riches of the $1 million Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce and the $1 million Group 1 JJ Atkins.
The JJ Atkins, the pinnacle of two-year-old winter racing, is over 1600m and Gollan believed Tiger Heart would be suited to racing over a mile.
Gollan described Tiger Heart as a “sleeper’’ in his stable, a galloper who has just kept improving into his first racing campaign which started with a fast-closing runner-up finish at the Sunshine Coast on April 11.
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Gollan, in Sydney to watch Outback Barbie in the Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick, was impressed by Tiger Heart’s imposing 1¾ length Doomben win.
“He is a big raw horse and I was looking at tipping him out six weeks ago, but every time you do something with him, he improves all the time,” Gollan said.
“He covers a huge amount of ground with every stride, and we are nowhere near the ceiling of him.
“He is a gawky sort of horse and really was a big baby until recently.
“I was surprised he was that close in the run today. It surprised me the speed he had, but he got into a beautiful spot.
“He looks like a good horse for me going towards the Sires’ and the JJ Atkins.”
Gollan secured an early double when a long-priced plunge on new stable acquisition Tavion Prince ($26 to $8 on Saturday) came up trumps in the BM75 Handicap (1630m).
Tavion Prince was beaten a long way in the Muswellbrook Gold Cup last month but is now the fifth individual winner to come out of that race.
Dittman adds another victory with Waller
Luke Dittman’s blossoming working relationship with Chris Waller took another positive step as he overcame drama just after the jump to claim the Listed Princess Stakes on Queensland Oaks-bound Easifar at Doomben.
However, Rex Lipp insisted he had not lost any faith in his Oaks candidate Tycoon Evie despite the Queenslander finishing runner-up as the $2.10 favourite.
Tycoon Evie got it easy enough in front and was run down by Easifar, but Lipp said he was “rapt” with the run.
“She was three weeks in between runs and stepping up from 1200m to 1600m. If you swap the barriers, she wins,” Lipp declared.
Easifar was sent to Queensland after being beaten a long way in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes.
Easifar upsets Tycoon Evie in the Princess Stakes at Doomben. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Dittman, the son of champion hoop Mick, has become Waller’s go-to jockey in Queensland.
He last year rode two Group 3 winners – Another Dollar and Sure Knee – for Waller on the same day.
“To pick up a Listed win today for the boss (Waller) is awesome, although this horse did all the work and we got a lovely run behind the pace,” Dittman said.
■ French import Olmedo scored a confidence-boosting first Australian win and announced himself as a winter carnival contender.
Coming off 17th in the Doncaster Mile, the Annabel Neasham-trained galloper led them a merry dance in the Listed Tails Stakes (1630m) at Doomben.
Olmedo, ridden by Ryan Maloney and carrying the 61kg topweight, did just enough to hold off the late challenge of Reloaded.
Olmedo is now likely to be seen in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 8, followed by a potential tilt at the Doomben Cup a fortnight later.
Stablemate Zaaki could join him in the Doomben Cup after finishing runner-up in Saturday’s JRA Plate at Randwick.
Originally published asHeart makes great strides to break maiden
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