It’s been an entertaining ride for connections of Takissacod so far in 2021.
The four-year-old mare has produced a stellar season, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Country Championships Final at a triple figure price on February 20 before delivering a devastating performance to secure the Corowa Cup for connections two weeks later.
The horse then went on to go down in dramatic circumstances in the Albury Mile on Gold Cup Day a fortnight later, just getting nosed out by Lady Mironton in a frantic finish.
Former trainer Norm Loy said Takissacod’s form at long odds was no surprise to him.
“We knew she’d be a massive chance in Wagga,” Loy told The Inner Sanctum.
“She came into that race at $101 and I couldn’t believe it. She was in great shape and finished in the first-four two weeks before that in a Class 4 race at Albury.
“She’s come out and nearly pinched it, then a few weeks later comes out at a big price and smashed them at Corowa.
“They keep underrating her and we keep cleaning up.”
Loy, who handed over training duties to Donna Scott recently, still thinks there’s scope for improvement in the four-year-old daughter of Chat Up Line.
“The owners are looking to city races now and she’s a big show up there, but I just don’t have it in me to make the journey up the highway every other week.
“But good luck to them, they’ve got a good little horse on their hands and she’ll be winning races in town, don’t worry about that.”
The current campaign ended with an encouraging sixth placed finish at Canterbury on April 7 in a race that wasn’t run to suit. Jumping from barrier eight, Takissacod struggled to find her position and faded late to finish in the second half of the field.
Jockey Louise Day was optimistic about the four-year-old’s city chances post-race, stating that the result would have been different had they drawn an inside barrier.
“I was just saying to (trainer Norm Loy), ‘I wish the barriers would have been reversed’ because she would have led and I’d say the placings would have been reversed,” Day said.
“She would have just been able to skip away when she wanted to.”
It was the first time Takissacod has raced in the city since finishing eighth in a Highway Handicap event at Rosehill on August 8, and Day believes she’s seen enough to suggest city wins are on the horizon for the rising four-year-old.
“She’s absolutely flying.
“The feeling she gave me going to the gates and the fact that she wouldn’t pull up after the line … bring her back, she’ll definitely win (in the city).”
Day’s glowing assessment was music to the ears of primary owner Matthew Robinson.
Robinson, who is the manager of Takissacod, said the four-year-old has “every quality you could want in a racehorse”.
“She’s been a great horse to own,” Robinson said.
“She doesn’t know when to give up and keeps battling it out right to the post. We were really optimistic heading to Wagga that we’d be a show to make the Country Championships Final, and to only get done by less than a length at a huge price kind of justified our faith.
“We knew she’d be a huge show at Corowa a couple of weeks later and I will telling all my mates to get on because I knew the market didn’t have her rated right.”
Punters have noted Takissacod’s ability to grind out finishes and stick her neck out when it matters most, but Robinson said her star sibling Rocket Tiger is proof there’s plenty of class in the bloodline to match the fighting qualities.
“Some people don’t know but she’s a half-sister to Rocket Tiger, who finished second in the Silver Slipper on the same day we just went down in the country qualifier, so there’s real scope there to go to the city and be really competitive in races against good horses.”
After a four week spell in the paddock, the decision for team Cod is: where to next?
Robinson said he’s ‘extremely confident’ the mare is ready to win in the city.
“We just need a bit of luck at the barrier draw but she’s really relished the time in the paddock,” he said.
“Her coat is looking amazing, she looks fit and firing.
“We’ll be looking to have her go down the straight first-up then the goal is to find the right race at 1400m and have her ready to sizzle.”