Tac­ti­cal test for Tardis

Geelong Advertiser - - RACING - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE

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.

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