Tactical test for Tardis
A FIELD of just five is set to be a tactical affair for Heath Conners’ Tardis at Geelong today.
The four-year-old mare hasn’t won since March following some feet and muscle issues, but has run in the placings at her past two starts — both in Geelong — including a third to Harbour Grey and I Did It Again on Geelong Cup day.
Out in distance today, Conners is hoping to see how Tardis stands up in a genuinely run 1400m race.
But with just four other competitors, it could prove to be a sit-and-sprint.
“Sometimes when you get those small fields, it’s one or the other — it’s either really good or really bad,” he said.
“Something can tear along in front or they can bounce out of the gates and barely break evens, which makes it really hard.
“I suppose the good thing for her, she tends to sit and stalk a little bit, which will probably go in her favour.
“She’s the sort of horse that will go out, let a couple of them go forward and take a sit off them anyway.”
Conners said Tardis had been somewhat restricted in her action earlier in her prep.
But a six-week spell and some other treatment have helped her get back towards her best.
The Geelong trainer said he was happy with her last start.
“She ran well; she probably got held up at a vital stage between the 300m and the 200m and those two horses that finished in front of her were screaming down the outside,” he said.