I wasn’t the only one with high hopes for our boy. All three Herald-Sun tipsters had him in their top four picks and the monkeys rated him in the top half of the field as well.
Tarpins jumped out really well and was briefly in the first two or three, but then went backwards over the first half of the race. He settled at the front of the chasing group and probably made up a couple of positions in the run home, but was never a threat. Still, he seemed to race well, holding a fairly straight line down the home straight and seeming not to display the ‘backwards mentally’ behaviour* we had been warned about.
(*Sutha was worried that if Tarpins raced too immaturely, he might knock the bourbon can out of the hand of the one spectator watching from the Wangaratta lawn area).
We now have to wait for the trainer’s report to find out some more about how the horse handled his debut outing.
A few consoling thoughts for all you Tarpins fans out there:
- Bradman made 19 & 1 in his first test
- Dr Seuss’s first book was rejected by 27 publishers
- Woody Allen failed English at New York University
- James Hird hardly had a sniff in his first match
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas
The moral of the story – don’t lose heart.
Edit: Trainer Cliff Brown was quite happy with Tarpins’ first run. The jockey reported Tarpins couldn’t go with the hectic early pace but he was happy with how he finished off the race, making good late ground. Depending on how he pulls up, Tarpins’ next start may be at Benalla at the end of October. Nothing like racing close to home.