17/04/2024
Takissacod

Takissacod with owners Matthew Robinson and Daniel Ladgrove

After securing a win at Caulfield, a group of footy teammates are dreaming of Group Racing glory with Takissacod.

A group of footy teammates from Albury/Wodonga are chasing Group 3 glory after bargain basement purchase-turned racing superstar Takissacod prepares to cross the Bass Strait.

Following a stunning Benchmark 78 Handicap win as a $40 outsider at Caulfield on Saturday, the syndicate is targeting the Tasmanian Racing Carnival to add another accolade to an already impressive resume which includes success in the 2021 Corowa Cup and a narrow second placing in the Albury Mile.

Purchased for $10,000, the five-year-old daughter of Chat Up Line has already surpassed $200,000 in prize money, but connections are confident her broodmare prospects will be boosted significantly with a win in the Apple Isle.

The mare is also a half sister to Rocket Tiger, who competed in this year’s edition of the Group 1 Golden Slipper.

Majority owner and racing manager Matthew Robinson said Takissacod’s recent success is a testament to his ability to identify a future star.

“It was my first time going into racing ownership as a majority owner so it was a massive risk for me,” Robinson said.

“The first time I saw her though I knew there was something about her. I could sense she had raw, untapped potential, it was just a matter of getting the right people around her.

“It’s been proven now with a country cup under the belt and black-type races in the future.”

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Robinson is the majority owner alongside close mate of over 20 years Daniel Ladgrove, who was able to rope in a vast array of characters they’ve both met along the journey.

Along with the pair, Kris Lonergan, Luke Pendergast, Daryl Webb, Peter Cook, Jake McPherson and Brendon Huggard have purchased shares in the mare, whose value could reach as high as $1 million with a black-type win.

Takissacod, pictured with Daniel Ladgrove and Kris Lonergan, prior to winning the 2021 Corowa Cup

The group has been enjoy the spoils of success together, but it hasn’t come easy for everyone involved.

Robinson had to make the hard decision to split from long-time trainer Norm Loy who continually make the journey to the city after dominating the local tracks.

Since then, Takissacod has moved to the Donna Scott stable, which has seen the mare post career-best results, culminating in last Saturday’s city win.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but it ultimately was the right one,” Robinson explained.

“Norm had done a great job with her and we couldn’t have been happier, but to get her to that next level I thought Donna was the way to go and it ended up being the best thing for her.

“We’ve now got that city win under the belt and a Group 3 race that we think is incredibly winnable for us.

“I’m honestly pumped and couldn’t have imagined doing it with a better bunch of blokes.”

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