Tarzan lacks Exfactor to justify favouritism
MISS Exfactor stamped her Magic Millions credentials when foiling a plonk on Kim’s Tarzan at the Gold Coast yesterday.
Kim’s Tarzan was backed from $4 into $3.10 but dropped out to finish last in the 3YO Handicap (1200m).
Trainer Tony Gollan felt the return to a track with some give in the ground was the catalyst for Miss Exfactor turning around an odds-on defeat at Ipswich first-up.
“We have worked on her barrier manners and she was a lot better today,” he said.
“But the big difference was the rain this week which left the track soft. I will probably give her an ease-up and bring her back for races over the Magic Millions carnival.”
Former Sydney stakes horse Torgersen responded to some new training tactics to score his first win in nearly two years in the Open Handicap.
Torgersen was beaten only 2½ lengths in last year’s Epsom, but had not won for a long time so trainer Chris Waller decided to send him to his Gold Coast stable in a lastditch bid to reignite his winning desire.
“After after he got beaten in a restricted race at Doomben first-up we decided to try some different tactics,” Waller’s Queensland foreman Paul Shailer said.
“We have had him over the jumps and working off a pony. It seems to have done the trick.”