A noted pace setter over a standout 2014 racing calendar, trainer Joe Pride has revealed talented gelding Tigers Tees will again settle at the fore of the field when returning in Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.
Posting a commendable race record of 13 wins and a further six minor place finishes from his 30 competitive starts so far, Tiger Tees has not been seen at the races since running a close second to Lucia Valentina in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) on September 6th.
Having reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and subsequent return to work, Pride told Racing Ahead he couldn’t help but enter the Dubawi gelding in the 2015 Canterbury Stakes field after initially considering the Group 2 Challenge Stakes on the same card, and is confident the conditions of the race will play directly into his runner’s strengths on Saturday.
“The thought process the whole way along was just to run in the Challenge Stakes and I didn’t expect to see such a small amount of noms for the Canterbury Stakes,” Pride said.
“When I saw that I thought that I would throw in a nomination and after careful consideration I thought it was probably more a more suitable race to go first-up into.
“He has won his last two preparations first-up at 1200 metres and I think a soft 1300 is probably right up his alley.
“He is in great order and I see this as a suitable assignment.
“I would think that they would be happy for him to lead.
“It gives them a bit of a bunny and there are no other real natural leaders in the race.
“I think that they will be content to have something to set the tempo and he is not a horse that goes slowly in front, so I think there will be reasonable tempo and every horse will get their opportunity.”
Taking out the Listed Falvelon Quality (1200m) upon resuming in 2014, Tiger Tees was unable to make an impact when beating just one runner home in the Challenge Stakes, but responded in the best way possible when taking out the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), placing fourth in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
Having won each of the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) in his only other starts prior to the Tramway Handicap, Tiger Tees currently offers punters exceptional value for money in Canterbury Stakes betting markets at $7 odds for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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