Tumbler kicks up for chance to claim stakes win at Eagle Farm

CRANKY mare Tumbler, who has a history of kicking everything in sight and inflicting self-harm, is poised to fulfil her undoubted potential when she is thrust into stakes grade for the first time at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Trainer Barry Lockwood admits Tumbler, winner of four from five, is a hard horse to assess in Saturday’s Listed Colin McAlpine Memorial, because her racing manners are not yet at the desired level for tougher racing.

Tumbler was a blistering first-up 1000m Class 3 winner at Eagle Farm and Lockwood was pleased to see the scratchings of Painted Firetail and Ravi, ensuring emergency Tumbler secured a start.

“She has the promise but is not as well educated to racing as she should be,” he said. “If she was more mentally mature I would say she would sit off them in this race and be a good thing.

“But at the moment, she goes when she wants to go, not when the rider does. When she sees a gap, that’s it, she just wants to run.”

Lockwood said Tumbler has “never been able to get into a rhythm where she could learn to race” and according to the trainer, the daughter of Time Thief has no one to blame for that but herself.

“She’s just had one injury after another and most of them have been of her own doing,” he said. “There’s been four times where she’s needed a six-months break.

“The first time she broke a pelvis after her first jumpout. She won it by about five lengths but then the next day we found the injury and had to turn her out.


Tumbler will chase a stakes win at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography


“Then we got her back and she kicked out in a float and broke a splint bone.

 “The next time she kicked something and did a suspensory ligament. The last time she was coming home after the win at Ballina she kicked out again and we found a hole in her tendon.

“She’s a cranky bugger, but we are a bit forgiving because she knows how to gallop.”


■ TOO Good To Refuse has gone up 10 rating points in the wake of his brilliant Keith Noud win on Saturday. He will now carry a rating of 94 into his next assignment, the George Moore Stakes, on December 3.

Though Too Good To Refuse’s true handicap last Saturday would have been 50.5kg based on his prior rating of 84, handicapper Nathan Bourke said his new figure had to be assessed on the weight he carried on Saturday – 54kg.

“So effectively, he’s only been penalised 1.5kg for winning that race,” he said.


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Brisbane Courier Mail


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