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The highly successful combination of trainer Nathan Turvey and driver Emily Suvaljko struck again at Gloucester Park on Friday night when $15.30 chance Son of A Tiger finished full of running to score an effortless win by 10m from Bracken Sky in the 2130m Garrard’s Horse And Hound Australia and NZ Wide Pace.

The New Zealand-bred six-year-old was having only his second start for Turvey, and his win ended a losing streak of 15 unplaced efforts.

The $1.60 favourite Tyler Brett led early and withstood a determined challenge from Thereugo. After a smart lead time of 36.2sec. Tyler Brett was able to relax and run the opening quarter of the final mile in a leisurely 31.4sec. The next 400m sections were run in 29.9sec., 28.6sec. and 28.2sec.

Son of A Tiger, who trailed the pacemaker, burst to the front on the home turn and raced away from his rivals. It was his tenth win from 51 WA starts, after he had raced 13 times in New Zealand for three wins.

Owner Frank Ranaldi transferred Son of A Tiger to Turvey late last month, and the American Ideal gelding overraced when a fading fifth behind Talkerup at Pinjarra last Monday week. Turvey then made several gear changes, including fitting a Hidz hood, deafeners, a nose band and a pole.e led and He led and won over 2185m at Pinjarra at his WA debut  Son Of A Tiger was far more tractable on Friday night.

Turvey explained that Ranaldi had recently sold his smart mare Heavens Showgirl to America. “And then he asked me if I would train Son Of A Tiger for him, and give the horse a month,” Turvey said.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators