Classy galloper Tiesto will launch a potentially-lucrative summer campaign in the $50,000 3YO Cup at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
Last season’s $150,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes winner is being aimed at the Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) and Tasmanian Derby (2400m).
Longford co-trainer Tanya Hanson said the gelding had been freshened since an unsuccessful four-start Victorian campaign.
“We gave him 10 days out at Armidale to freshen up and he’s come back in really good order,” Hanson said.
“He’s heading towards those longer races so to win the 3YO Cup (1200m) would be an absolute bonus.
“We’ll be happy if he finishes off strongly and runs a good third, fourth or fifth.
“But it will depend on how the race is run. If the pace is solid, like it was in the Gold Sovereign, it will suit horses like him that come from behind.”
Hanson said that regular trackwork rider Glenn Hodges had been happy with Tiesto’s efforts since he’d been back in the stable.
“Glenn says his work has been every bit as good as it has been in the past,” the trainer said.
Tiesto’s main opposition is expected to come from Gee Gee Secondover, Appraise and The Inevitable.
Wesley Vale trainer Glenn Stevenson has been on an interstate search for riders for his two runners in the $50,000 Golden Mile at Spreyton on Friday.
Stevenson is keen to start both Killin Falls and Mr America but a shortage of jockeys is threatening to torpedo his plans.
He has booked NSW rider James Innes Jnr for Killin Falls but is playing a waiting game to see if someone becomes available for Mr America.
Jockey numbers in Tasmania are light on at the best of times but the shortage has been exacerbated for Friday’s meeting.
Craig Newitt and Brendon McCoull will be in Queensland representing Tasmania in the State Of Origin Jockeys Challenge, Troy Baker is suspended and apprentice Breaanna Smith is unavailable.
Stevenson said he had Craig Robertson lined up for Killin Falls but he had to withdraw when he learned he couldn’t get a flight back to Victoria on Friday night.
“He has to get back to ride trackwork for Godolphin on Saturday morning,” the trainer said.
“I thought I had Jake Duffy teed up to replace him then he pulled the pin.
“We eventually got onto James Innes with the help of (Sky Channel commentator) Chantelle Buckley and he was keen to come.”
Innes, 23, has ridden in group 1 races and ridden a group 3 winner.