Ti­gress shows fangs in maul­ing

The New Paper - - RACING - BRIAN MILLER

Freed­man’s mare shows up at Tues­day’s tri­als

It cer­tainly wasn’t the de­sired de­but. She fin­ished dead last some 20-plus lengths be­hind the win­ner, War­rior King.

Then again, she wasn’t ex­pected to maul the op­po­si­tion — even if she did re­side in the Lee Freed­man barn.

Ti­gress is her name. And while I’m no ex­pert on the ways of the fe­line, I will haz­ard a guess and say that, with most big cats, four months is all that’s needed to sharpen those claws.

That, af­ter watch­ing Ti­gress win her trial at Kranji on Tues­day morn­ing.

By the way, there were just three tri­als that morn­ing, with the last one re­duced to a twohorse af­fair due to a slew of scratch­ings.

For­ever Young would win that slog, beat­ing Yu­long Dream by half a length in 62.51sec.

The open­ing sprint went to a mare named Emki Em­press. Trained by Ri­cardo Le Grange, she beat Scooter by ½ length in 62.44sec.

Back to the es­capades of Ti­gress who showed up in Trial 2.

Rid­den by R Iskan­dar in that 1,000m hit-out, Ti­gress was preda­tor per­son­i­fied, stalk­ing the speed set by old-timer Pi­o­neer Seven, River Hap­pi­ness and sta­ble­mate Bangkok Girl.

She stayed last un­til they straight­ened. Then, like they do in the wild, she be­gan to pick them off one by one — the weak­est first.

River Hap­pi­ness was the first to be pulled back. Then the filly Bangkok Girl. She was goners the mo­ment she be­gan to get the stag­gers.

A hun­dred me­tres out and nine-year-old Pi­o­neer Seven still wouldn’t be cowed by the mare.

So, stride for stride they went. Heads bob­bing, they eye­balled each other. Pi­o­neer Seven on the in­side, Ti­gress on his out­side.

Champ­ing on the bit and her eyes on the prize, Ti­gress would win that bat­tle.

Through sheer tenac­ity, the flighty four-year-old would beat the vet­eran.

Af­ter that de­but, the Rac­ing Stew­ards put the King Power Sta­ble-owned Ti­gress on no­tice.

She had to pass a 1,000m gal­lop be­fore be­ing al­lowed to race again.

Well, on Tues­day morn­ing she passed that test with fly­ing colours — even if her time of 63.20sec for the 1,000m was blush­ingly slow.

But a win is a win. All that is to come is for Freed­man to present Ti­gress in a race.

So, we wait...

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