Joe Pride is ready to unleash Tiger Tees on an audacious 2012 program that will see the horse stepped up in both grade and distance.
The winner of six from eight starts was a sensation last year and his rise through the grades was a sight to behold.
The one limiting factor to the horse to date though has been the fact he’s never run further than 1200m.
That will all change this weekend though when Tiger Tees runs in the January Handicap over 1300m at Warwick Farm.
It’s only a modest increase for now but Pride has big ambitions for this four year old over the autumn period.
“I’ve got no concerns with the distance and Saturday will be a help to planning where we go with him,” Pride said.
“He’s still got to win a black-type race before we decide how high he goes.
“I think this might be the right time to put him over more ground and it will tell us a lot.
“Last time he raced over 1200 metres it was at Rosehill and he looked like a horse looking for more ground.”
Tiger Tees is already running in great form after winning on Christmas eve at Canterbury over 1100m.
On that day he accounted for Dystopia after coming close to derailing a Group 1 champion before that.
Tiger Tees run second to Galaxy winner Atomic Force shortly before he went on to win the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand.
The horse has also proved to be adaptable in most conditions however there’s no prizes for guessing Pride’s request ahead of this Saturday, stay away from Good 2.
The trainer made a point of blasting officials after Rain Affair won at Warwick Farm on Monday saying the surface was too firm and he considered scratching him.
The horse has been scratched for the remainder of January and will be freshened up ahead of an autumn tilt.
“He’s gone out and will spend seven to ten days on the water-walker,” Pride said.
“He’s not going to run until the Expressway in February and then we’ll see what his Group One targets are whether in Sydney or Melbourne.
“I’m toying with the idea of the Newmarket Handicap and then there are races like the TJ Smith and the All-Aged Stakes in Sydney.
“They are the obvious ones.”
Tiger Tees has proved to be a real money spinner for punters so far in his career and there’s every chance it will continue at Warwick Farm this Saturday.
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