Rocket Tiger Trainer Sees Opportunity in Golden Slipper Delay

SYDNEY, New South Wales — Scott Spackman did not see any problem for Rocket Tiger in the recent postponement of the 65th Longines Golden Slipper. The racehorse trainer reportedly made the most of the opportunity with the important racing event’s rescheduling.

For this Saturday’s 65th Longines Golden Slipper, Rocket Tiger is a $51 chance. Kathy O’Hara will be the jockey who will ride Takook and Cluster’s son. Spackman affirmed that the massive Group One card’s postponement had helped him in a way because he was able to get out on the course proper in Sydney. 

He added that, on Saturday morning, he was able to provide Rocket Tiger with a good hit out. The racehorse trainer cited that he doubted if other Sydney racehorses possessed a similar luxury as his runner did. 

Furthermore, Spackman mentioned that he could not have faulted his two-year-old brown gelding’s work. He described Rocket Tiger’s performance as outstanding, according to the report posted online by Australian horse racing information and news website Racenet. The racehorse trainer shared that his Wagga Wagga runner galloped on a good track. Spackman also said that Rocket Tiger worked off from the 1,400 metres, went evens or 15 seconds for 200 metres to the 800 and home 400 metres. He remarked that his runner also dashed up 200 metres. 

Spackman confirmed that Rocket Tiger is all set for the 65th Longines Golden Slipper this coming March 27, saying that his racehorse is “cherry ripe.” He added that the galloper’s work last Saturday morning was better than before. Spackman relayed that this week leading to the weekend horse racing event would be “business as usual,” following a week that he would rather not remember leading into the competition. 

The Racing New South Wales veterinarian declared Rocket Tiger, whose total prize money at the time of writing is $138,675 per Racenet, as 2/5 lame in the near foreleg on Tuesday before clearing the racehorse fit to run two days later. Spackman affirmed that it was never a problem to him, though his team obviously needed to tick some boxes. 

He remarked that if the 65th Longines Golden Slipper pushed through on its original date, March 20, his racehorse had missed no work, and nothing would have changed. Spackman remarked that he was prepared to race, yet they had a couple of interruptions. He shared that he needed to have Rocket Tiger scanned and perform other activities. But he cited that he did not mind these other events that happened last week.

Last weekend, the Australian Turf Club track staff and Racing New South Wales stewards performed track inspection. This evaluation performed on the $3.5-million Longines Golden Slipper’s original race date resulted in the meeting’s delay until this coming Saturday. This event forced racehorse trainers to adjust their preparations.

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