Tegan takes her chance

Nov 28, 2010

By Chirs Bassani, Gold Coast Bulletin.

Persistence was the buzz word resonating in the aftermath of Deb's Choice's win in three-year-old maiden (900m) at Bundall on Saturday.
Its application was shown by trainer Bruce Hill and apprentice Tegan Harrison in getting the once barrier terrified filly to greet the winners' stall.
Deb's Choice entered Hill's yard in August unraced and poorly mannered.
"Owner Les Cowell sent her up from Sydney and she simply refused to go anywhere near the barriers let alone go in," Hill said.
Strongarm tactics were placed aside for a gentle approach with each day seeing Deb's Choice a little further down the track.
Hill quickly discovered the Cowell home-bred daughter of Snippetson and Mukda Lass inherited some of the family talent displayed by Listed race half-brothers Fabiarna and Yabighorse.
At debut nine days ago, Deb's Choice easily led but knocked up to finish fourth in a 1200m maiden on the Gold Coast.
Hill was going to tip her out for a spell but saw the opportunity to give Harrison, who also joined Hill's yard in August, a chance to ride her first winner for the stable and get another race under filly's belt.
"I wanted to put someone on who would do what they were told and Tegan did it to the letter," Hill said.
"I thought the drop from 1200m to a 900m maiden wasn't going to do the filly any damage with an easy week on the track
"We discussed the possibility of being caught wide from the barrier 10 and her instructions were to persist as dropping back over the short trip would lead to defeat."
"Tegan balanced the filly up before letting her go in the straight and that as well as her three kilograms claim may have made the difference in the tight battle."
Deb's Choice nosed out Travel and Magooey in a three way finish.
Harrison, the daughter of early 1980's pioneering female rider Beverley Want displayed a cool head persisting with hands and heels to the line.
"I could not be any happier than to win for Bruce today," she said.
"The people in the yard have a very supportive atmosphere and I think Bruce releases that I can make the odd mistake and can talk about it sensibly.
"Knowing that I feel I can ride with more confidence
"At this stage Bruce wants me to get in the right rhythm with horses and I feel I did that on Deb's Choice."
While Hill trains for many different owners he said it is always good to get one up for Cowell, owner of his stable Ascot Lodge.
"I train about six horses for Les has been a support to stable all the way through.
"Deb's Choice is a good sized filly and pretty smart, I think she will be able to win in town."


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