Stand in jockey Peter Robl described Tiger Tees as a real bulldog when he lowered the colours of his more fancied stablemate Rain Affair taking out at the Group 3 $125,000 Concorde Stakes (1100m) Warwick Farm today.
Robl had Tiger Tees in the firing line from the jump and quickly overhauled the odds on favourite Rain Affair in the straight to go on to score an easy three lengths win over Mrs Onassis and Satin Shoes with the more fancied stable mate labouring into fourth.
Rain Affair, who is unbeaten on rain affected tracks didn’t show his customary speed and dash on the firm surface today and it might pay to overlook his disappointing effort.
Robl substituted for regular rider Christian Reith who had to miss the ride because of suspension but will be back aboard the five year old next start.
“He travelled sweet throughout the run, He’s a winner this horse, he’s a bulldog and when he ranged up to them I knew he had them beat at that point,” Robl said.
“When we straightened up he ranged up to them quite quickly and he just put them away. He’s a winner and horses that are winners generally remain that way.”
“It was a once off deal and I’m happy to give him back to Christian Reith.”
Winning trainer Joe Pride was happy with Tiger Tees’ win but will have to see how Rain Affair pulls up before deciding if he travels to Melbourne with the Tramway winner.
“He accelerated really well and is in for a big spring,” Pride said.
“I’ve always thought the Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby day would be a good target for him but we’ll take it one step at a time.”
“He couldn’t get away from them on the corner but has good improvement in him,” Pride said of Rain Affair’s lacklustre run.