One look at the form guide for Beau Tirage shows just how consistent the galloper is – it’s just getting past the finish line first that has been the problem.
Beau Tirage has the opportunity to rectify that for his owners when he runs in the Momsen Motors Bega Sprint at the Sapphire Coast on Sunday.
The $40,000 sprint is one of the feature races at the two day carnival at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club which commences with a seven race program on Saturday.
Beau Tirage, a four-year-old gelding by Dane Shadow, doesn’t know how to run a bad race finishing no further back than sixth at his past nine starts, of which many have been in Sydney.
Even though he hasn’t won since the winter of 2015 at Canberra, Beau Tirage has put together a string of consistent runs in strong company.
The return to country class may suggest he will win, but it won’t be that as easy as there are some capable sprinters lining up for the 1200 metre race.
Canberra trainer Keith Dryden said even though Beau Tirage had won three times from 16 starts he had also been placed on nine occasions and earned almost $90,000 prize money.
“It would be nice if he could have won more times, but in saying that he always picks up a cheque for his owners – we call him ATM (Automatic Teller Machine),” Dryden said.
“He is a victim of the Benchmark system in that he is a Class 3 horse carrying 57.5 kilograms in an open handicap.
“He has been racing against some fair horses in Sydney and the one that beat him last start looks pretty good.
“I would love to see him win again for the owners. Even though he keeps picking up prize money it is nice to get a win every now and again.”
Dryden, several times the leading trainer in Canberra, rates Beau Tirage as one of the best horses in his stable.
He will oppose the likes of the Joseph Jones Racing-trained Wonderbolt who has beaten him to the finish before.
“There is half a kilogram between them and he (Wonderbolt) goes pretty well plus there are a few others that go good,” he said.
Beau Tirage has drawn alongside Wonderbolt and the pair could fight out the finish.
Beau Tirage’s form line reads 23334222 and includes seven placings from his past ten starts in Sydney.
The top weight Hello Schumann won the Moruya Town Plate last start with 52 kilograms and goes back up to 56.5 kilograms.
His trainer Luke Pepper has a strong chance of claiming both feature races as he will start Marquee in the Bega Cup.
There will be 15 races held over the carnival with the track rated a Good 4.