Connections of promising Ontrack Thoroughbreds galloper Tactical Move were rewarded for their patience when the big horse scored a dominant debut win at Grafton.
The three-year-old son of Dissident went to the races off the back of two impressive trials and raced right up to that form with a class record win over 1100 metres.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said delaying Tactical Move’s debut to his three-year-old season had been a deliberate strategy.
“He’s always been a big boy, but he needed time to fill out and mature and it’s always Ontrack’s policy to give our horses as much time as they need.
“This horse has been a head turner since we bought him at the Magic Millions Sale in 2017 but large horses require time to ensure they have the strength to carry such big frames on race day.
“I picked him out at the Magic Millions Sale as one of the nicest colts on the Sunday session and he was one of the final lots on the day. I wasn’t going home without him.
“When inspecting him I was surprised he was not in the main session of the sale, as was his breeder Ged Nolan of Rosari Farm.
“The Edmonds team have been patient with him and had him ready to do the business at Grafton.
“He’s still young so we will probably put him aside for a well deserved break now and let him continue to furnish and develop.
“We think he might be a nice horse to aim at some Winter Carnival targets next year,” said Grant Morgan.
Jockey Ronnie Stewart was extremely complimentary about Tactical Move post-race.
“He gave me a very good feel. He wasn’t entirely comfortable racing on the inside of horses but once he shouldered his way into the clear at the top of the straight, he really let down and I was confident of winning a long way from home.
“With the experience of a race and a bit more time on his shoulders he looks a likely candidate for some nice races further down the track,” said Ronnie Stewart.
Congratulations to our owners: David and Sue Worthley, Dennis and Del Bates, Danny Lesjak, Mark Snowden, Dan and Leanne Sullivan, Albert Cid, Kevin Wooster, Gary Andrews, Barbara and John Gilbert, Ryan Lawlor, Wayne and Paddi Muller, Ontrack Take Charge Syndicate: Micahel Byrne, Phil Day, Lester Drake, Peter Dunn, Mick Hackett, Jeff Hollindale, Kate Kelly, Diane Linnane, Ian Mathieson, Barry Muller & Glenda Newick.