Warhorse Tiptronic leads throughout the triumph in Group 1 Zabeel Classic
Pilot Ashvin Goindasamy celebrates a special moment by winning his first Group 1 competition aboard Tiptronic.
Veteran galloper Tiptronic led all the way to win his second career Group 1 prize when he won the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic Gr.1 (2000m) at Ellerslie on Sunday.
The eight-year-old, coached by Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall, had hinted he could regain his best form by finishing strong for third in the Captain Cook Stakes Gr.1 (1,600m) in his most recent start.
O’Reilly’s son had finished fifth in the race a year earlier after being forced to sit three wide throughout the race. However, this time around, pilot Ashvin Goindasamy followed Richardson’s instructions to the letter by taking Tiptronic in the lead and establishing a consistent pace throughout.
Goindasamy picked up the pace as the home turn approached and it was obvious he was having trouble with his rivals as Tiptronic slipped two steps ahead as the return home started.
Refusing to give in, Tiptronic made a brave offer from runner-up Vernanme, clinging to win by a length and a half as race favorite Two Illicit produced a late run to take third place.
Richardson was having a hard time digesting what had just happened as he waited for his load to return to Ellerslie’s bird cage.
“This horse deserves it because he is a real rider and he tries so hard every time,” he said.
âHe’s a real workhorse. I told Ashvin to take him to the front and try to stack them up and then take off in the 600m because he’s at a pace, even though it’s a very fast pace.
âIt’s a thrill as big as anything and it hasn’t really subsided yet. It has a huge number of owners and that’s amazing to them because that’s what they’re there for.
Richardson confirmed that they will now assess the weight the horse will receive for the Collinson Forex Karaka Cup (2,200m) at Karaka Million on the night of January 22, before deciding on the next start for Tiptronic, which is also in preparation for the Gr .1 Herbie Dyke. Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa in February, a race he won in 2020, having finished second the year before.
Goindasamy shed tears of joy as he returned to Ellerslie’s bird cage after winning his first Group 1 competition, a breakthrough for the Mauritian whose father was a track runner in his homeland.
âIt means everything, the best Christmas ever,â he said.
âDuring the week I was pretty confident after his last run and he was a Group 1 winner who would continue to race. He traveled pretty well and had an easy lead and Mr. Richardson told me to go for the 600m, which I did.
âHe just kept on giving and did it well.
âMy dad always wanted to be a jockey and couldn’t do it, so it’s very special for me. This is something I dreamed of and today I made it happen.
Tiptronic was bred by Waikato Stud and the late champion stallion O’Reilly of Pins Tiptoes, a sister of Legs, multiple Group 1 winners.
He’s now won eight of his 45 starts and over $ 758,000 for his large owners union, having been bought by Richardson for $ 100,000 from Karaka in 2015.
The winning result was special for co-trainer and former jockey Norvall, who won the race aboard Veyron in 2012 after finishing second on the same horse in 2011, and noting his first elite-level success as a trainer. .
– New Zealand Race Office