Taipa Tiger has finally broken the “bridesmaid complex” in a patient victory at Taranaki on Monday over 2100 metres.
In the five-year-old gelding’s career he has taken second spot an incredible 11 times. “It was his last shot to show us what we know he was always capable of,” says trainer Lisa Latta who was considering giving him a trip north and change of stable for a mental freshen up. “He has certainly done that.”
Syndicate Manager Albert Bosma believes the step up in distance also helped “He was racing like he was looking for 2000 metres plus and this looks to be where his future lies. Horses can get confidence from a win and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win again in the very near future”.
Jockey Troy Harris came out of semi-retirement to ride a very patient race. Troy has ridden him once before for a close 2nd, but hadn’t had a race ride since last winter. Trailing for most of the race, he challenged at the 200 metres mark and held on comfortably to the line.
Having gained his reprieve, Taipa Tiger will stay in the central districts and has his next start in the Waipukurau Cup over 2100 metres on the 20th of March.