Day At The Track

Tyson's surprise Launceston win

10:08 AM 18 Nov 2014 NZDT
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My Mate Tyson with trainer-driver Ross Freeman and his wife Cheryl a part-owner.jpg
My Mate Tyson with Ross Freeman and his wife Cheryl

When a harness racing trainer takes a horse to the races thinking it probably can’t win, and then when the same thought is reaffirmed during the race, it usually means the horse will be unplaced.

But a horse named My Mate Tyson defied the rule to emerge triumphant in Launceston last Sunday night.

Carrick trainer-driver Ross Freemen didn’t think My Mate Tyson was a winning chance in the Economy Warehouse Stakes over 2200 metres, primarily because of his back row draw and his recent efforts had been slightly below par.

But the gelding surprised Freemen when he emerged from the pack in the home straight and powered home to score a last-stride win over Baldock, with Orial three metres away third.

“I didn’t give him much of a chance before the race, and, from where he was turning for home, I thought he had no hope,” Freeman said. “He was making up good ground and with the leaders paddling a bit, but he rattled home the last 50 metres to get up.”

My Mate Tyson was bred and is owned by Freeman in partnership with his wife Cheryl, with the son of Town Champion breaking his maiden status as his sixth start.

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