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Tonk’s second crack at the thousand

It could be a big 48 hours for Correy Grenfell who has Tiggerlong Tonk in tonight’s G1 Hobart Thousand heats (461m) and Yozo Bale in the Group 2 Ballarat on Saturday night.

A genuine superstar, Tiggerlong Tonk ($1.50F) contests Heat 4 – Race 6 Box 8 – at 9.07pm.

Tiggerlong Tonk finished fifth to retired champion Hooked On Scotch in last year’s Hobart Thousand final, but Grenfell says “he’s a seasoned campaigner now”.

“He’s at his peak in terms of maturity and is a lot more consistent early and a lot stronger. We haven’t raced him since the Melbourne Cup. We’ve kept him fresh because a second crack at the Hobart Thousand has been the plan for some time.”

And Grenfell added: “I haven’t spoken to the owner about retirement. He’ll go through to the Australian Cup series.”

Bred and owned by Michael Finn, Tiggerlong Tonk (Feb ’18 Dyna Double One x Tiggerlong Dot) has raced 61 times for 32 wins, 10 seconds and six thirds, with $340,670 in stakes. He’s also won six of his past 10 starts.

Grenfell won the G3 Shootout at Sandown Park with Tiggerlong Tonk in a new race record (29.03sec) during last month’s Metro Festival of Racing. He’s also won the G2 Horsham Cup and is a six-time G1 finalist.

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About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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