A clever front running ride from Glyn Schofield saw Tiger Tees win the Group 2 $175,000 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick today, wrapping up a winning treble for trainer Joe Pride.
Pride combined earlier in the day with Hugh Bowman for wins with Rock Sturdy in the TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1400m) and Tiger Tees’ half-brother Terravista in the Group 3 $125,000 Show County Quality (1200m).
Tiger Tees is regarded as one of the best wet trackers racing in Sydney and when the rain came early in the week, Pride quickly changed his plans of resting the seven year old and was rewarded with another Group win on the heavy track.
“It was all about the track. When they get on a surface they really like they can do those sort of things,” Pride said.
“I wasn’t worry if I would get another run out of him this prep, then the rain starting falling and we were both having a giggle, Tiger and I, and brought him back to the races.”
“He’s won four out of his last eight now and he didn’t look like he was going to win another race there for a while.”
Pride was able to resurrect the career of Tiger Tees after a good spell and the on pace runner was able to win the Group 1 $400,000 Bloodstock.com.au Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
“He didn’t have much more to offer, gave him a good spell and he came back, last two preparations a different horse,” Pride said.
Pride is undecided where Tiger Tees will head now but it is certain the weather will be a big part of his plans.
Schofield took his time letting Tiger Tees work his way to the lead and was able to set a moderate tempo in the early and middle stages.
The top Sydney jockey still had a tight hold on Tiger Tees ($5.50) at the top of the Randwick rise but as soon as the chasers challenged, the tough sprinter responded gallantly and worked away on the line to score a one and a quarter lengths win over the Chris Waller trained Royal Descent ($5).
Third placegetter Criterion ($9) ran on nicely at his first run since winning the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick in April.