By Geoff Newling
Don't Tease Me has drawn ideally to help the Muswellbrook gelding regain some of his old fighting qualities in Friday’s $25,000 Arrowfield Stud Lone Pine Charge Open (1000m) on his home at Skellatar Park track.
The Stephen Gleeson-trained five-year-old son of Beautiful Crown jumps from barrier two in one of three races on the eight-race program.
Chris O’Brien is the new rider for the winner of six races in 29 starts after Leanne Henry broke her collarbone in a tragic race fall at Warialda last Saturday week. She is Don’t Tease Me’s regular rider but Gleeson thinks Chris O’Brien might suit Don’t Tease Me in Friday’s Lone Pine Charge.
“We haven’t used Chris for a while,” Stephen Gleeson said. “But I think he will suit him. I think the last ride he had for us was a winner too.”
Don’t Tease me is also a family horse and “been a good horse for us” Stephen Gleeson said of a career that has earned more than $150,000 in prizemoney although he is recent couple of runs have been disappointing.
“Forget his run at Wellington, he had a terribly hard run,” he said. “He was a little disappointing at Orange though. He got to the front but was the first horse beaten. I thought he would have kicked on from there.
"Might not have beaten the winner (Lake Lugarno) who is flying but on his old form would have hung on and run a place. Chris might be good for him and make him concentrate too.”
Don’t Tease Me is one of four Muswellbrook horses running in Friday’s $25,000 Arrowfield Stud Lone Pine Charge Open (1000m).
The Pat Farrell and Jan Bowen stables also have runners, Pat running seven-year-old bay mare Zero Cash and Jan starting six-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie, Don’t Tell Linda. Zero Cash has Greg Ryan aboard and goes from barrier eight while Don’t Tell Linda has drawn one inside the stablemate with Grant Buckley to ride.
Andy Perrett also has Zippy Hippy engaged, the seven-year-old bay gelding son of Haayil, a three-time winner at the track from 10 starts. he has won five of his 28-career starts and jumps from barrier five with Billy Cray on board.
Stephen Gleeson’s father, Jim Gleeson, also has unraced juvenile Time In Raasay engaged in the $25,000 Arrowfield Miss Finland 2YO Handicap (1000m) and the daughter of Time Thief has come up with a good gate (6) for Chris O’Brien to jump from.
“She trialled well at Muswellbrook, ran second but felt the pinch a little at the end on a heavy track,” Stephen Gleeson said. “She’ll make a horse later on but this might be a tough assignment first up. She should get a good run though from the barrier.”