Taree Racing Tips January 13 – First-up specialist can do it again
- Home-grown gelding can win first-up again.
I’m targeting a track and distance winner today who also runs best when fresh.
Race 6 – 4:50PM IRON JACK CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Locally-trained by Ross Stitt, FAIR DINKUM looks ideally placed here after several noteworthy scratchings reduce the field to just seven runners. The four-year-old won a BM58 at Kempsey three starts back then took his place in a much harder Class 3 in city company at Randwick. That day he looked all over a winner after heading the field at the 200m mark, but was run down on the line and finished second to Marokawa over the 1000m sprint. Still in Sydney, he stepped up to the 1200m trip next start, but found that too taxing and finished fourth in similar Class 3 company. He has since spent 10 weeks in the paddock and returned to work in December where he gave trial opponents a lesson in consecutive trials. With Brooke Stower aboard, he put three lengths on his rivals here over 1000 metres then trialled a second time just before Christmas and that day put five lengths on the others. Brook Stower is legged aboard for the first time on the gelding under race conditions (more than likely due to her two trial successes), and she should settle mid-field with cover. A resume that reads two first-up wins from three attempts suggests that he will be a force to be reckoned with here and lines up as a ‘fair dinkum’ winning chance.