Queensland trainer Barry Lockwood has revealed that he will set talented mare Tumbler for a Stakes race in Sydney during the forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival.
Tumbler has been a standout performer for the Eagle Farm horseman throughout her entire racing career so far; posting six wins and a minor through only eight competitive appearances, since debuting in early 2016.
Tumbler made her black type debut in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 29th, but failed to handle the heavy and less-than-ideal conditions and finished at the tail of the small field of six.
Having eyed a potential return to racing in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton next Wednesday (July 12th), Lockwood told Racenet that Tumbler is instead likely to line up in a Sunshine Coast minor on the same day, with a view towards travelling interstate later in her campaign.
“I am going to go to Sydney and find the easiest black type race I can for her – I know she has the ability to win one,” Lockwood said.
“It was my blew running her at Eagle Farm that day because to be honest I knew she probably was never going to handle that track.
“But I think she has plenty of talent – she probably should have won seven from eight – and I am keen to head to Sydney with her.”
Making a late debut to racing as a four-year-old, Tumbler immediately stamped herself as mare to follow with a comfortable one-length win in an Ipswich minor over 1200m.
Placing second at the Sunshine Coast second-up, the Time Thief mare was returned to the paddock after posting consecutive wins in 1000m sprints at Ipswich and Ballina.
Resuming in summer for a two length win in the James Boag’s Premium Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm, Tumbler repeated that effort in the Magic Millions Country Cup (12000m) at the Sunshine Coast on December 18th before again being turned out.
Resuming in April for undoubtedly her most impressive win to date in the Ascot Green Carnival Handicap (1050m), Tumbler undoubtedly would have finished close in the Victory Stakes on a firmer racing surface.