Tiger Swift and James Stormont on their way to victory. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Tiger Swift gave a glimpse of her strong maternal roots with an impressive win at Alexandra Park on Friday night.
The daughter of Mach Three swept on by her opponents with a scintillating last-to-first sprint reminiscent of her great granddam, Tigerish.
She has a wee way to go yet to achieve the dizzy heights of the former star mare, who won nearly half-a-million dollars in the early 1990s for Pukekohe’s Pam and Lindsay Turner.
But Pam Turner, who trains Tiger Swift, has an inkling that she just might be a bit special.
“She’s not a bad filly, to be fair.
“It’s nice to have dreams and I wonder if she might be good enough in time for a race like the Ladyship Mile.”
Tiger Swift was a winner once in her first prep, with former trainer Todd MacFarlane.
“Todd did a good job with her, but she got injured just before a Sires Stakes heat and she came home to spell,” said Turner.
“We’ve just done everything nice and quietly with her because she had a few issues.
“She was getting a bit keen, too, but I think we’ve got her figured out now.”
A tidy workout at Pukekohe last Saturday told Turner and driver James Stormont everything they needed to know.
“I was really rapt with it; she comes back a little bit stronger from last time,” said Stormont post-race.
A wide draw saw punters let her go, ultimately starting at better than $25, but Stormont was quietly confident.
“I thought if she got the right run, she’d be very hard to beat and everything fell in to place nicely; she really let down well.”
The Turners are breeding from five descendants of Tigerish, including Tiger Swift’s mum, Tiger Tina (12 wins), but not her grand dam, Tiger Turner.
She was Tigerish’s very first foal and won a Group 1 as a juvenile in what would ultimately be her final career start.
She would break a pastern and retire prematurely, then be killed by lightning after leaving just four foals.
Juggling breeding, training and running their saddlery business keeps the husband and wife partnership busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It was especially nice to have two runners at the track tonight, which is really rare for us.
“The other horse, Bit Of A Tiger, is getting there and improving all the time.
“We’re very happy with him too,” said Pam.
In the night’s main race, class mare Jo’s Dream resumed from a spell to record her 10th career win, showing too much speed for Scoob Operator up the passing lane.
Both John and Joshua Dickie, and Bernie and Michelle Hackett trained doubles on the card.