Another great effort by Tarpins at Seymour on Wednesday, running second in the 2200 metre Mitchelton Wines Country Showcase Class 1 Handicap, beaten by a bee’s dick by the favourite, Superzeel (official margin: a short half head).
Believe it or not, I took the above photo, which shows Tarpins running second in the white, red and black colours. This photo was taken on their first time around: I had plenty of time to run back to the grandstand to watch the thrilling finish. Amazing the difference a new camera makes.
Superzeel lead by three or four lengths coming down the home straight, but Tarpins finished all over the top of him and just failed to catch him on the line. One stride past the post and he had him. It wasn’t through lack of trying, either by the horse, or by his owners, many of whom were in the grandstand urging him on in a very loud and excited fashion.
Here, one of our co-owners, John, demonstrates the winning margin. As I said, a bee’s dick.
Tarpins was the only 3 year old in the race, so it was pleasing to see him do so well against the older horses, and hit the line so strongly. As they said on TVN, ‘there will be some wins in store for Tarpins’.
Hopefully one of these wins will be in the $200,000 Group 3 Tasmanian Derby, which Tarpins is now being set for on 9 February. How exciting, a Group 3 race. Wakes isn’t that happy with the timing, it’s the day before her half-ironman in Geelong and she won’t be able to attend. Cadbury are sponsoring the race – do you think there will be a chocolate trophy?
More photos from our day at Seymour are here.