Tarpins impresses again


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.

Onya Tarpins.


3 Responses to Tarpins impresses again

  1. Scott says:

    Will need to be a little closer at the finish in the Tasmanian Derby, as they have a margin called “Short Half Two Heads” over there. I note also there is no longer any talk of the boy being “mentally backward”. More like “meal ticket”! Go Sniprat!!!

  2. clarkebruce says:

    Unfortunately he is still a bit immature. It took him a while to settle on Wednesday and he’s still a grumpy bastard in the mounting yard before and after the race.

    By the way, did you notice Tarpins got a bit of a write up in the Herald-Sun today? There was an article on his trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington, and Tarpins was mentioned as one of their hopes for the SA Derby later in the year.

  3. Scott says:

    Yep. Not quite the same press coverage as “The Territorian”, but he’s on his way!

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