Tiger Tees was unable to make much of a competitive impact through three Spring Carnival starts, but trainer Joe Pride is thrilled with the condition of the eight-year-old in the lead-up to autumn and has underlined the 2016 Expressway Stakes (1200m) as his likely first point of call.
Tiger Tees has been a strong and largely consistent performer for Pride since first appearing on course competitively in 2011 but undoubtedly found career-best form to date through a 2014 Autumn Carnival campaign highlighted by success in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).
The Dubawi gelding placed second in a short Hawkesbury barrier trial as Pride ramped up his preparation last week, and the Warwick Farm-based trainer was pleased with the hit-out ahead of his return in the 2016 Expressway Stakes.
“He seems to know the difference between raceday and trial day,” Pride told Racenet.
“He was just his normal self this morning and he probably only just got a pass mark but that’s all he ever does in his trials.
“He’s a quirky horse, one of the strangest I’ve trained but a good one.”
Posting thirteen wins and a further six minors through 35 career starts so far, Tiger Tees undoubtedly stamped his claims as one to watch through the late autumn and winter of 2012, highlighted by his first two appearances and subsequent successes at black type level.
Progressing to fourth in the talent-rich Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) won by Lankan Rupee following his win in The Galaxy, Tiger Tees placed third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) but had clearly had enough by the time he failed to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
Continuing to impress through the following spring, Tiger Tees won each of the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1400m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) before placing second in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m).
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