Some people knew he had enormous talent but when he drew gate 15 for his first ever assignment, a few dropped off.
They shouldn’t have because this bloke TUVALU (Kermadec-Hangin’ Tough) racing for the first time in a maiden at Warrnambool this afternoon, won like a Gr 1 horse. And he paid $2.90.
And, yes it was only a maiden over 1300m, but watch how he does it.
Watch 📺👇 Tuvalu on debut announces himself an autumn carnival player.
He pings from the outside gate, finds himself in front on the fence after 100m such was his early dominance, and was cantering the whole way.
When he was asked to dash just before the home turn, he did and he just exploded away, eased down over the final 150m yet was still 7 lengths clear.
Ir was basically a barrier trial for him. Jockey Ethan Brown just sat on him for the ride.
Trainer Lindsey Smith must have been giggling coming to the home bend.
Tuvalu cost $200k at the Inglis Premier sale in Melbourne in 2019.
Today, at start number one, he has repaid about $16,000 of it with promise of a LOT more to come.