Despite an upset victory over a better fancied field in the $400,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill over the weekend, Joe Pride’s honest sprinter Tiger Tees is still at a juicy price for their next assignment in Saturday weeks’ 2014 TJ Smith Stakes.
The Dubawi six-year-old went out as a 12-1 shot in the rain-affected The Galaxy on Rosehill Guineas Day but surprised many being the last horse standing in the classic.
While their hot stable mate and race favourite Rain Affair failed to let down running a disappointing 10th after fading, Tiger Tees showed they loved the sting out of the ground with a long neck win over Anatina with Challenge Stakes winner Villa Verde in third.
“Tiger Tees loves the sting out of the track, and he was given the perfect ride by Nash Rawiller,” Pride told The Sunday Mail.
“It’s panned out beautifully for him.”
It was also a huge improvement on the gelding’s last start ninth when they beat home just one other runner in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
A trip back to Royal Randwick on April 12 is now on the agenda for Tiger Tees who will press onto the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1400m) on Australian Derby Day.
“We’ll push on to the TJ Smith Stakes,” Pride confirmed.
Despite a Group 1 victory on their record now, Tiger Tees is still at a roughie’s price in the latest TJ Smith Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with experts saying The Galaxy form won’t hold up in a fortnight’s time.
Markets are led by Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap champ Lankan Rupee ($3.60) with other top hopes being Queensland hero Buffering ($6.50), the Chris Waller-trained colt Zoustar ($7) and another upset winner from the weekend Gordon Lord Byron ($9) – the Irish raider upstaging the locals to take out he Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Tiger Tees meanwhile is further down the markets at a juicy $31, a price many punters will be keen to get onto.
The Galaxy failure Rain Affair meanwhile has eased right out to $51 to win the TJ Smith Stakes, Pride unsure whether they will continue with their Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign or be rested before a trip up to Queensland to chase the winter riches.
“I’m racking my brain over what’s wrong with Rain Affair,” Pride said on Saturday after watching his former star sprinter miss the kick, lead the field and then fade out of contention.
“We’re undecided about (the TJ Smith Stakes).
“We might freshen him up and take him to Brisbane, but he’s not the horse he was.
“He’s not parading like he used to. I’ve got a problem.”
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