Albany trainer Steve Wolfe is getting value for money with Tiger Pete. The gelding has won 4 of his 8 starts and his bank balance is just shy of $100,000 after winning the Westspeed Hcp (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday.
Tiger Pete (3g Shovhog – Bligh Bounty by Forging Ahead) was a $19,000 buy from Raheen Stud at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions and Wolfe is confident the best is still ahead for the short-course specialist. “He’s a genuine sprinter and we will keep him at 1000 metres for the time being,” Wolfe said on the weekend. “He’s still six to twelve months away from maturing.”
Tiger Pete was trapped wide and appeared unlucky behind Born To Excel at his last start over 1300m at Belmont. “We decided to drop him back to 1000m and he got there right on the line,” Wolfe added. “An ounce of luck is worth a ton of good judgement in this game.”
Wolfe has a winning rapport with Raheen having part-owned and trained Tiger Pete’s older half-brother Big Jaw Macgraw (Dodge). He won 6 races including a sprint at Ascot on Anzac Day 2007. Another son of Dodge in his immediate family is Hard To Catch who won 13 races up to Group 3 level.
Tiger Pete’s dam Bligh Bounty delivered a colt by Publishing last year but tragedy struck when the mare and foal were killed by lightning last October.