Change Of luck for Syndicate

J Scott Former News, Latest News



Tiz Tough’s minor upset win in the Speciality Spit Roasts Catering Company Mobile Pace at Addington on Friday, July 15, brought a welcome change of luck for the Red and Blue Syndicate.

They leased a half-share in the Falcon Seelster filly last November after having little luck with their previous ventures. They race her with Nelson co-owner Peter Fry.

Trainer Mark Jones thought she may have been an early winner after qualifying in a useful 2:31.8 for the mobile 2000m at Addington in November, but she has taken a few months to toughen up.

She scored at her sixth start on Friday night to the delight of the the Red and Blue Syndicate and their manager, Canterbury Rugby Football Union board member and Sydenham Rugby Club president, Pete Winchester.

“They took a chance on this one,” Mark said.Pete_Winchester

Red And Blue Syndicate Manager Pete Winchester, and trainer-driver Mark Jones, are all smiles after the win of Tiz Tough at Addington.

Tiz Tough has a bit going for her on breeding.

Her Soky’s Atom dam Tizaway Tiz won five, while her grand-dam was the former tough 1970s racemare In Or Out (12 wins including the 1975 NZ Oaks and 1976 NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes).

Tizaway Tiz’s ill-fated half-brother In The Way won five at two and three including the 1990 NZ Golden Slipper Stakes for trainer Graham Court, while their dam Laudit also won five including a DB Fillies Heat.

True Lies, a half-sister to Tizaway Tiz, who also won five, has left good northern winner Percy The Punter, while the family also produced Smooth Crusa, who did a big job in Australia winning over $A428,000 and ran third in the 2008 Miracle Mile.


Mark settled Tiz Tough back on the outer from a second row draw but was able to improve with three-wide cover behind Liberalitus beginning the final 850m.



Angled wide into the straight, she sprinted well to outfinish front-running Sticky Fingers with favourite Carter’s Rocket running on late for third.

Tiz Tough ran the mobile 1950m in 2:26.3 _ a 2:00.7 mile rate _ with the leaders running their last 800m in 58.7s.

The win advanced Mark to 49 training wins for for the term.

He moved to 73 driving wins for the season when he guided the unbeaten Steve Dolan-trained 3YO Dream Out Loud to justify his favouritism in the Travelsmart Garden City Mobile Pace.

After moving up parked over the final lap, the Bettor’s Delight gelding was too strong in the run home, holding out a stout finish from Sue Dinka (Steve Golding) by three-quarters of a length.

Dream Out Loud rated 1:59.7 for the 1950m, the leaders running their last 800m in 57.3s.