Day At The Track

Typhoon Tiff is a classy filly

02:29 PM 31 May 2018 NZST
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Colin Brown,Harness racing
Colin Brown
Gloucester Park

Nine years ago, Colleen Lindsay was the excited breeder and owner of Centrefold Angel when she was a rank outsider at 85/1 and scored a dashing victory in the Diamond Classica and Mrs Lindsay has high hopes of repeating the dose with her classy two-year-old filly Typhoon Tiff in the $100,000 Group 1 classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Typhoon Tiff is bred in the purple and is closely related to Centrefold Angel, who was retired after earning $237,348 from 14 wins and 15 placings from 47 starts.

Typhoon Tiff has an awkward draw at barrier No. 6 on the front line in the 2130m feature event, but she has been highly impressive in winning convincingly at her past three outings after her extremely unlucky third on debut in a 1684m event at Pinjarra early in March.

The Bettors Delight filly will be driven by her trainer Colin Brown, who hasn’t bustled her at her four starts. Brown has given the impression that he was determined to nurse Typhoon Tiff and he has appeared like a man treading with great caution on egg shells.

On debut at Pinjarra on March 12 Typhoon Tiff appeared quite flighty and she broke into a gallop and lost more than 12 lengths 80m after the start. Brown eased her three wide after 550m and she sustained a spirited burst to get to the front 150m from the post before galloping in front with 25m to travel. She finished third, a length behind the winner Itz All About Magic.

Then Typhoon Tiff started from barrier eight over 1730m at Gloucester Park on April 10 when she raced four wide early and moved to the breeze after 500m before hitting the front 220m from home and winning, untouched, by a length from Lady Valasca.

Brown restrained Typhoon Tiff from barrier seven at her third start, over 168m at Pinjarra on April 16, when she settled in sixth position and raced three wide from the 950m until she got to the front 120m from the post and won by just over a length from Its Set In Stone, rating 1.57.7, with final quarters in 28.2sec. and 28.5sec.

Then, in a qualifying heat of the Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week, Brown gave Typhoon Tiff time to settle after starting out wide at barrier seven. Typhoon Tiff then dashed forward to move to the breeze after 500m and she was not extended in winning easily from My Prayer and Fulfil The Dream at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m after taking the lead on the home turn.

Typhoon Tiff covered the 2130m in 2min. 36.6sec., with the other heat winners being Lady Valasca (2.38.1) and Mandy Joan (2.36.2).

Mandy Joan, trained by David Thompson, was driven confidently by Dylan Egerton-Green, who took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and giving the filly’s rivals little chance by covering the four 400m section of the final mile in 29.9sec., 29.5sec., 29.9sec. and 28.7sec.

Mandy Joan, who defeated Majorpride and Has No Fear, will start from barrier four in the final, with Majorpride drawing the prized No. 1 barrier and Has No Fear at barrier seven.

Majorpride (Gary Hall Jnr) and Has No Fear (Tom Buchanan) are prepared by Justin Prentice, who will also be represented in the final by Iona Diamond (Stuart McDonald, barrier three) and Fulfil The Dream.

Prentice, who prepared 25/1 chance Lady Luca for her victory in the 2016 Diamond Classic, will drive Fulfil The Dream, who will start from barrier five. Fulfil The Dream raced in sixth position and was switched five wide on the home bend before charging home to finish an impressive third behind Typhoon Tiff and the pacemaker My Prayer in a qualifying heat.

Has No Fear, a winner at three of her seven starts, also caught the eye in a qualifying heat when she started from barrier seven and was last in a field of nine at the 400m mark before she thundered home, out wide, to finish third behind Mandy Joan and Majorpride (who fought on from the one-out, one-back position to finish second).

Lady Valasca, trained by Annie Belton and driven by Chris Lewis, set the pace in her heat and fought on grimly to win narrowly from Soho Interceptor, faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9).

Wonnerup trainer Terry Ferguson, who prepared $27.70 outsider Cimorene for her win in the Diamond Classic last year, has two runners in this year’s race Bettor Pack It and Bettor Copagoodone, who will be at long odds.

Typhoon Tiff was bred by Mrs Lindsay. The filly is by champion American-bred stallion Bettors Delight and is out of Tiffany Twisted, who won at three of her eight starts before being retired. Brown also has an association with Tiffany Twisted, having driven her twice for a win and a second placing at Gloucester Park as a two-year-old in 2010

Tiffany Twisted was bred by Mrs Lindsay, who also bred that mare’s dam, the unraced Twisted Art, who produced five winners, including Centrefold Angel, who was driven twice by Brown for a win at Gloucester Park and a fourth at Pinjarra as a three-year-old.

Typhoon Tiff can trace her ancestry back to Magic Flute, an outstanding WA pacer whose 16 Gloucester Park wins included the 1957 and 1958 Easter Cup, the 1957 State Sprint Championship and a heat of the 1957 Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park.

Ken Casellas

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