Joe Pride believes Tiger Tees is ready to go to yet another degree when he can make his very first foray into Group business at Doomben on Saturday.
The steady four-year-old earned a trip north for the winter carnival with a typically gutsy first-up performance to win the Listed Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 28.
It was the gelding’s first stakes test and took his record to an remarkable seven wins and three seconds from ten begins ahead of Saturday’s Group Three BRC Sprint (1350m).
“It seems a wonderful race for him,” Pride stated.
“A number of may well consider him on for speed but he’s a fairly rapidly horse himself.
“He’s in excellent order. He’s ready to take the following phase and I assume he can do that.”
Tiger Tees, who holds a nomination for the Group One Stradbroke Handicap, has drawn barrier 13 of 16 for Saturday’s race but Pride is not too concerned.
He stated getting Christian Reith aboard was an benefit as the jockey had ridden Tiger Tees at his previous eight begins and knew him nicely.
Reith had a effective two-day Scone Cup carnival on the corresponding weekend last year winning the feature Cup and the Dark Jewel Traditional.
Reith will ride at Scone this Friday but elected to stick with Tiger Tees above riding at Scone on Saturday.
Pride kept Tiger Tees up to the mark for his Brisbane assignment with a barrier trial win at Warwick Farm last week.
Tiger Tees is on the third line of betting with TAB Sportsbet at $ 5, behind Smokin Joey ($ 2.80) and Free Wheeling ($ three.80).
Pride believes his other Brisbane runner Miss Keepsake can bounce back in the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) right after her last start seventh in the Group Two Emancipation Stakes (1600m).
Prior to that Miss Keepsake had won the Bert Lillye Memorial (1300m) first-up at Kembla Grange and completed 2nd to Far more Joyous in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf (1500m).
“She was ridden upside down the other day and sat outside the leader. She’s by no means carried out that ahead of and we will not be performing that once more,” Pride stated.
“She’s in very good order.”