Sunshine Coast Cup 2015: Swimmer Tarloshan expected to revel in wet conditions
GLOBETROTTING jockey Robbie Fradd is set to tick off Corbould Park as another track he’s landed a feature winner at when he partners Tarloshan in Monday’s Sunshine Coast Cup.
Fradd has built a good association with the Graeme Boyd-trained Tarloshan, winning at Listed level two starts back before a solid last-start second to Tinto in the Bernborough Handicap at Toowoomba.
While many others are big queries on the wet track, Tarloshan revels and Fradd insists she will be a tougher nut to crack than she was at Toowoomba.
“The wet track is definitely going to be an advantage for her. She loves it,” he said.
“Unless the track dries out significantly, this is going to be more like a 1500m race. Obviously the form worked out well with Tinto winning under the big weight on Magic Millions day.”
Fradd said Tarloshan is a lazy track worker and that may have told on her in the latter stages at Toowoomba.
“She worked on her own leading up to that race and she just doesn’t put in. I think that told on her at Toowoomba where she peaked on her run late,” Fradd said.
“I felt the lack of a hard gallop might have told against my filly when she raced Tinto. Tarloshan is a very lazy worker when she’s on her own and I told Graeme that told against her at Toowoomba.
“Since then, I worked outside her on another horse and she did a bit more work.
Fradd, a former Premiership winner in Hong Kong, says there is one last ambition he would love to achieve.
“I haven’t ruled out going to Melbourne for a few months before I finish my career,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to do it, but never had the opportunity.
“I’d love to ride on one of the big days of the carnival down there. I think it’s something every jockey dreams of doing.”
Fradd, who recently turned 50, said his career is likely to continue for at least another two years.
“I’m still fit and walk around at about 52kg, so weight has never caught up with me like it does with a lot of other jockeys,” he said.
“I will keep going as long as my body stays fit and my mind stays sharp. At the moment I feel more like 35 than 50.”
He describes the current depth of riders in Brisbane as “good for racing” but has set his manager the challenge of securing more rides in coming months.
“It’s not easy, because you have a lot of good senior riders and then so many impressive apprentices coming through,” he said.
“But I’d like to get to the stage where I’m getting five or more rides a meeting.”