Tinder Surprise Takes Out Nuggets

Tinder Surprise Takes Out Nuggets

Bruce Stewart

Tinder Surprise didn’t set the internet alight early in his career, but trainer Aaron Swain always had an inkling there was something under the bonnet.

“He just keeps getting better and better and surprising me,” he said after today’s win in the $15,000 Caduceus Club Nuggets Final.

Swain purchased the Betterthancheddar gelding at the 2018 Sales in Christchurch for $7000.00 when the horse was named Gouda Than You.

“He was okay as a young horse but Brad Williamson looked after him as a two year old when I had too many horses. Brad did a great job and got him to workouts stage. We gave him a few workouts down here and he got a wee bit better every time. We freshened him over New Year and he came back in and grew another leg.”

On the back of his first up win the three year old was made favourite for today’s final and got back early before driver Blair Orange set him alight with 600 metres to run. He sustained his run right to the finishing line beating second favourite Longueval by half a length.

“I always thought he was a wee bit weak and better saved for one run but today he went massive.”

Tinder Surprise beating Longueval

Tinder Surprise is out of the Jereme’s Jet mare Jet Spirit.

“I had Ultimate Player which was out of that family so I’ve always wanted another one from that breed.”

Swain says the three year old is a nicely gaited horse.

“He gets across the ground. He’s quite a fine horse and it’s hard to hold weight on him.”

The gelding is raced by Swain and a group of mates.

“Some of the owners are new to racing and I’d say they’ll be having a big one tonight.”

Swain says Tinder Surprise will now head to the spelling paddock.

“He’ll be a very nice four year old.”

Tailored Elegance Wins Oaks

Bruce Stewart

“She might have been peaking on her run that last bit. She’s probably entitled to because she had to sit parked for a fair way,” driver Tim Williams said after three year old trotting filly Tailored Elegance beat Vacation Hill by a nose in the En Solitaire Southland Trotting Oaks today.

As Williams rightly pointed out Tailored Elegance has been running good races mainly against the colts and geldings.

“Pretty much all her career she’s had to chase the boys around so it’s nice to race against your own sex.”

Tailored Elegance settled fourth early with Vacation Hill and favourite Chloe Rose taking turns at leading. With 1200 metres to run Williams moved the Muscle Hill filly up to sit parked. At the 400 metres Tailored Elegance was up level pegging with Chloe Rose. Tailored Elegance mastered Chloe Rose halfway down the straight and then had to withstand a late charge by Vacation Hill which came up the passing lane. Tailored Elegance just got there by a nose.

The winning time of 2-44.2 was a new track, Southland and race record. The previous record of 2-47.9 was held by the inaugural winner of the Southland Trotting Oaks Luby Lou.

Tailored Elegance (7) holds out Vacation Hill

Both Luby Lou and Tailored Elegance are by Muscle Hill and were bred by Breckon Farm Limited. Williams also drove Luby Lou to win in 2018.

Tailored Elegance which is trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen is raced by Breckon Farm and The Savvy Six Syndicate.