Tarzan too good on home turf during lucrative listed race
HORSE RACING: With the 1000m track record to his name, Tarzan was always going to be hard to beat on his home turf.
Despite drawing a wide barrier, the five-year-old gelding proved a dominant force during the $100,000 listed handicap race at Corbould Park on Saturday.
The Stuart Kendrick-trained speedster led from the start and fended off a late charge from Tumbler to cross the line first with Sunshine Coast jockey Luke Tarrant in the saddle.
Kendrick admitted he was "shattered” when Tarzan drew barrier 10 but was ecstatic to see the horse defend it's home track.
Tarzan was only sixth favourite to win the race at $16, with the top two horses, Tumbler and Nieta, placing second and third.
"When we drew so badly it was always going to be a worry because we know he likes to lead,” Kendrick said.
"But we've been confident all week and the horse looks probably the best we've ever had him.”
"We planned this after his last campaign and when we knew the meeting was going to be here (we were excited as) he holds the record here so it was fantastic to be able to have a good crack with him.”
Tarzan broke the Sunshine Coast Turf Club's 1000m track record in October last year after winning a $60,000 open handicap in 56.27seconds, beating the previous record of 56.33secs set by SmartCash in January 2015.
"He loves it here...,” Kendrick said.
He was unsure as to Tarzan's next race and would wait to see how he pulled up from the gallop.
Kendrick's Beat Street placed fifth in the race, with Sunshine Coast jockey Damian Browne crossing in fourth on the Chris Munce-trained Snoopy.