Thompson to continue winning partnership with Tamworth mare
AUSTRALIA’S most successful jockey Robert Thompson’s presence at Randwick tomorrow is a vote of confidence in Tamworth mare Fickle Folly who tackles a red-hot field of Saturday class sprinters in the ATC E-Group Security Sprint (1000m).
The Hall of Famer was having only his second ride aboard the Sue Grills-trained chestnut when winning an Open Handicap at home on October 15.
“It was a very good win,” Grills began. “She ran good time and she had a big weight on a heavy 8 track so I was very happy.
“Robert got her to settle beautifully and that’s what I have been trying achieve.”
Fickle Folly has always raced well second-up with a win and two seconds from three second-up appearances.
That said, she wasn’t coming off a duelling win on a testing track under a crushing weight.
“She seems to have come through it well,” Grills answered.”
It was at home so she didn’t have to travel.”
A daughter of iron horse Nicconi, Fickle Folly is already a valuable broodmare prospect for her owner/breeder Paul Frampton.
“I haven’t really mapped anything just yet but we are going to aim for more black-type that’s for sure” Grills says.
“I do look a race in Melbourne but it is hard out here in the country to work them
way to start with, so we’ll just trot along up here (in Sydney) for a while.”
Fickle Folly is up against quality sprinters including the stakes-placed Tactical Advantage as well as the Mudgee visitor Nictock who has won seven of his eight starts.
Fickle Folly is looking to make it two in a row at Randwick tomorrow.