Tromso comes up trumps
Tromso showed why top jockey Nash Rawiller thinks he is a superstar in the making when he scored a commanding win at Warwick Farm.
The normally reserved Rawiller, who celebrated a Group One win aboard Sniper’s Bullet in Western Australia on Saturday, made a huge call after the victory aboard the Chris Waller-trained Tromso who was having just his second start in Wednesday’s Riversdale Handicap (1100m).
"I don’t think I’ve ever ridden a horse with a turn of foot like it," Rawiller said.
Punters expected something special from the Lonhro three-year-old, crunching him from $3.80 in to $2.70 second favouritism behind Speeding To Win ($1.85).
Tromso began slowly and went straight out the back in the field of seven but Rawiller stayed cool and had his mount sixth at the 400 metres before the gelding exploded on straightening and quickly put the race beyond doubt, winning in class record time of 1.03.93.
Tromso, who is raced by the man who bred him, Warren Taylor and his wife Shirley, was flying when he hit the line, defeating frontrunner Speeding To Win by 1-1/2 lengths with Sibling 2-1/2 lengths away third.
"We spoke about it before the race that if he was slow out to ride him cold," Rawiller said.
"Good horses do this, they surprise you with how quickly they can turn a race on its head.
"He surprised me with how quickly he chimed in had the race beyond doubt. He’s got a very bright future, he really is something very special."
Premiership-leading trainer Waller said Rawiller had been in awe of Tromso since he first sat on him at Rosehill a couple of weeks ago.
"Nash Rawiller said after his trial when he rode him that he doesn’t care if he never rides another horse for me again and if the last one is going to be Tromso he’ll be happy," Waller said.
"I think he’s still six months away yet and I think in the autumn he will be a much stronger horse."
Waller said he was likely to give Tromso one more run before giving him a short break.
"Mentally he’s got a lot to learn, that’s the only thing holding him back," he said of Tromso’s autumn credentials.
Tromso is out of the Quest For Fame mare Feelers and was fourth to Winter King on debut at Randwick in July.
Lonhro four-year-old Pinwheel capped a brilliant comeback after more than a year on the sidelines when he streeted his rivals to win the Orange Grove Handicap (1200m).
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel ($3 fav) led all the way to defeat the gallant Budabar by 3-1/2 lengths with Shaketheground a long neck back third.
The gelding did a suspensory ligament and had not raced since his second to Zarock at Randwick in November last year.
By Russell Jackson