Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

GOING THE DISTANCE; Short Races Only for Sprinter That Has Plenty of Gate Speed but Little Stamina

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

GOING THE DISTANCE; Short Races Only for Sprinter That Has Plenty of Gate Speed but Little Stamina

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IT'S hard to find a horse race anywhere that is shorter than 800 metres but Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis may be on the lookout for one when he's searching for a suitable race for his four-year-old gelding Tamaashot.

With only 100 metres to go in yesterday's Coates Hire Maiden Plate over 800 metres, the Regal Shot progeny was leading by five lengths but he came back to the field in the final few moments.

"He stopped'" jockey John Keating yelled out to Jarvis as he returned to the winner's circle.

But Jarvis admitted that he wasn't surprised with the way that Tamaashot slowly finished.

"He ran at Moe three weeks ago and (Michael) Flaherty got off him and said there's not a horse in New South Wales that will beat him over 800 metres," Jarvis said.

"He said wet or dry this horse doesn't care. He said he just flies but he said that getting him past 800 or 900 metres is a worry."

So it's now time to look at races that are only over that distance. …

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