Unfortunately Tarpins was scratched yesterday morning and didn’t get to run at Moonee Valley last night.
Wakes and I were pretty disappointed: not only were we looking forward to seeing him run again, but were very excited about the chance to meet with Damien Oliver prior to the race. I had planned to take some ‘Ollie and us’ and ‘Ollie and Tarpins’ shots and get Damien to sign them for our Tarpins Wall of Glory – but it wasn’t to be.
Ollie hid his disappointment well by picking up another (last-minute) ride in our race – the other jockey unfortunately fell in the race before ours – and booting home the winner. The race was run perfectly to suit Tarpins’ preferred racing pattern, almost identical to how his two victories were run, so we were even more disappointed not to have him out there.
As they say in racing circles, ‘that’s racing’.