Jockey Luke Tarrant raises the stakes with Listed success on Cylinder Beach at Eagle Farm

TWO years ago, jockey Luke Tarrant started a giant-killing run in the saddle when he won the Listed Recognition Stakes on Rudy.

On Saturday he won the same race on Cylinder Beach.

There have been so many highs and lows in between, it is hard to know where to start.

Tarrant enjoyed some incredible moments on the racetrack, including winning the 2015 Magic Millions on Le Chef, and at one stage was the poster boy for Racing Queensland which used him in several of their promotions.

But it all fell apart as he served a riding suspension for drug-related offences.

The youngster copped a barrage of criticism following a post on social media which displayed a photo of him wearing a cap with the words “Enjoy Coke” printed on it.

Since returning from suspension, he has been working hard to rebuild his career and showed he had lost none of his riding nous when he plotted an inside path on Cylinder Beach at Eagle Farm.

 

Cylinder Beach surged along the inside to win the Recognition Stakes. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

 

Many jockeys have refused to go near the inside at Eagle Farm, fearing it is a slow no-go zone.

“The trouble is if you are riding a favourite and you go in there near the fence, and you get beaten, you can look dumb,” Tarrant said. “You can be sort of obliged to go to the outside.

“But I think just backing yourself in, and having a bit of confidence that you know what you are doing, can go a long way. My timing and momentum seems to be coming back to me.

“I was lucky enough to win this race two years ago on Rudy and that is pretty much where I started to hit form. Hopefully the same thing can happen again for me.”

Trainer Desleigh Forster has now enjoyed two big Brisbane race wins in two weeks after Too Good To Refuse won the recent Keith Noud Quality at Eagle Farm.

Luke Tarrant was all smiles after his win on Cylinder Beach. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

 

It wasn’t all plain sailing on Saturday with the resuming Cylinder Beach, with Tarrant revealing he was concerned at one stage in the run.

“He ended up winning very impressively but he did hit a little bit of a flat spot going into the turn. I was a bit worried,” Tarrant said. “But when he did see daylight in the straight he just ­accelerated away like a good horse.”

Forster, who was confident going into the race, is now likely to head towards the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on December 17 with Cylinder Beach.

“It makes it easier to get out of bed when you have a nice horse or two,” Forster said. “I told Luke to be patient and don’t be in a hurry in the race.

“People don’t realise these horses appreciate getting down in the weights. Only carrying 54kg today made a big difference to this horse. At one stage this horse was being sold to Hong Kong but things fell through. I am just so glad he stayed here.”

 

Story courtesy Ben Dorries  Brisbane Courier Mail

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