Exciting staying prospect Tritt Tritt registered an impressive victory in his city debut at Sandown Park last night.
Tritt Tritt began cleanly in his first start from the 595m boxes however his lack of experience from the start showed as he swung wide through the first turn. Settling third out of the straight the first time, Tritt Tritt didn’t hesitate to take advantage of a gap between leaders Barcali and He Shall Fred on entering the back straight, powering to a lead he wouldn’t relinquish and score a determined victory in 34.39 seconds. It was his seventh victory from just 10 starts.
Trainer Brooke Ennis was delighted with her charge’s performance, not just with the time, but the manner in which he achieved it.
“I was really happy with him, being such a young dog he pushed through well. He looks like he’s going to be a nice dog,” said Ennis (@brookeennis8).
The run came just a day after Tritt Tritt, or ‘Buckets’ as he’s known at home, turned 2 years of age. He burst onto the scene in November 2017 by winning his first four starts by a combined margin of 20 lengths, but despite showing enormous potential early in his career, Ennis has been patient with her young chaser and will continue to take that approach confident that Tritt Tritt will improve in time and over more ground.
“He just lacks that little bit of pace early. He generally gets out well but just doesn’t have the early speed to get going so I think he’ll be better suited over the trip.
“We’ll just keep him going through his grades and slowly step him up. The 600m races are what we’re aiming for at the moment but hopefully we can get a nice stayer, he seems nice and strong.”
Ennis and her husband Jamie have enjoyed considerable success in greyhound racing, including numerous group 1 victories. However last night’s victory was particularly enjoyable for Ennis, not just because Tritt Tritt is the son of her former champion My Bro Fabio, but because Ennis was there the day he was born.
“I whelped the litter and reared him, and being out of Fabio makes it all a little bit special. We’ve been lucky to have a lot of success on the track, but when you do all of the work from day one it does make it a bit more special. I like to do the breeding and rearing, it’s great to see them grow up and get to the races.
Tritt Tritt’s emergence also continues an amazing run for owner Matthew Sheahan. A plumber by trade, Sheahan has enjoyed success as a part owner of a number of prominent Ennis chasers including TAB Melbourne Cup finalist Matt Machine and Galactic Diamond match race winner Zipping Angus.
“He loves to race anything – he’s got shares in horses, trotters and greyhounds. I said he can have this pup and looks like he’s going to be the best of the litter. He’s been very lucky but he’s a good guy so I’m really happy for him. While I gave him up it’s good that I get to train him.”
Tritt Tritt (3) wins on his city debut