Tarzan lacks Ex­fac­tor to jus­tify favouritism

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MARK OBERHARDT

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.”

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