Up-and-coming sprinter Tiggerlong Tonk was one of the standout performers of last night’s racing at Sandown Park.
First up after running 3rd to Simon Told Helen in the G1 Silver Chief, Tiggerlong Tonk began superbly to lead and then set a seriously quick 18.58 to the second split. That time and his overall of 29.36 was the best of the night.
“He’s starting to put it all together which is good to see,” said trainer Correy Grenfell post-race.
It’s often discussed how young some of the sport’s big name srinters still are, Tiggerlong Tonk could well be the youngest of them. He turns 2-years-old in late February and has already claimed 10 wins from 20 starts and earned $57k in prize money.
He’s showing ominous signs for the 2020 season and Grenfell looks to target Victoria’s country cups with him.
“He’ll be suited to the country cups. In his last visit to Ballarat he defeated Emerald Rainbow and we know how good he is over that distance.”
Earlier in the night G1 Sale Cup winner Weblec Eagle continued his good run of form when he took out the night’s staying event. Star prospect and favourite Here’s Tears was luckless and finished at the rear of the field.
Rockstar Prince led from go-to-whoa in a very fast 33.82 over 595m. His next aim may well be the Maidment Memorial (595m) on Friday January 24. The night will also feature the Australian Sprint (515m) which annually has proven to bring together a very strong field.
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