Apprentice Tahlia Hope won last year’s Lord Stakes on a $31 outsider and she’s aiming to go back-to-back on Boxing Day with another roughie.
Apprentice Tahlia Hope will spend Christmas Day plotting another ambush on punters in the Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) on Boxing Day.
Hope rode the $31 chance Defibrillate to win last year’s Lord Stakes for trainer Patrick Payne.
Payne will give Hope another chance to win the traditional Boxing Day feature on the outsider Beefeater.
Beefeater struggled when resuming at Pakenham on December 4.
But Hope said Defibrillate was unplaced in the same race before improving sharply to win the Lord Stakes.
“Defibrillate was actually on the same path,” Hope said.
“He kicked off on Pakenham Cup day in the same race then went into the Boxing Day race.
“They’re two completely different horses I’m hoping he can do what Defibrillate did last year.”
Beefeater trailed the field when resuming over 1600m at Pakenham to continue his moderate first-up record.
However, the son of Alamosa has finished in the first two in six out of seven second-up runs.
“He just indicated that he wanted more ground at Pakenham,” Hope said.
“He just blew out a bit in the straight, but I did think his run wasn’t too bad.”
Drawing barrier one will aide Hope’s bid for back-to-back wins in the Lord Stakes.
Hope will also ride in the Boxing Day meeting’s other feature after her master Mitch Freedman gave her the ride on Broadwayandfourth in the $200,000 Christmas Stakes (1100m).
Hope guided Broadwayandfourth into third when the five-year-old resumed at Pakenham.
But she said the five-year-old needed to begin cleanly if she was to repeat her two Group 3 placings at Caulfield last spring.
“She just doesn’t help herself because she falls out of the barriers and never actually jumps with a lot of speed so she’s always giving them a head start,” Hope said.
“I think that’s cost her a few races as well.
“I galloped her this morning and she seemed to gallop well enough to go into Sunday.”
Broadwayandfourth is the $51 chance to give Hope another Boxing Day feature win.
Unbeaten mare Marabi is the $1.55 favourite in TAB’s early betting on the Christmas Stakes.
Marabi opened in the red despite being first emergency for the feature sprint.
Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace booked Jamie Kah to ride Marabi.
Originally published as Apprentice Tahlia Hope chasing another shock Boxing Day win for trainer Patrick Payne