The frustration of Tingeera’s early career setbacks seemed long ago when the seven-year-old saluted in the Benchmark 63 (2000m) for Shoalhaven Heads trainer Terry Robinson on Saturday at Kembla Grange.
The son of Commands made it back-to-back wins in style in front of a healthy crowd at Race for Kids Raceday in the Illawarra, breaking a winless streak of nine runs at home.
After settling midfield, Tingeera had the legs in the home straight to wear down $4.50 second favourite Magnetron and Senta Helga.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Magnetron survived a protest from Senta Helga to hold on to second place, but it was Robinson’s tenacious gelding that raced first past the post.
‘‘He does break a bit of a duck but this is finally up to the distance I think he should be running,’’ Robinson said.
Before the recent run of form, Tingeera had experienced a frustrating start to life in Robinson’s stables.
‘‘Every time I have had him right something has gone wrong and we would have to back off him and go again,’’ Robinson said.
‘‘I think some of them [Tingeera’s owners] were pretty frustrated early on and a couple of them nearly got out of him at one stage because he just kept getting one little hassle after the other.
‘‘Being an owner can be a bit frustrating at times but I always had faith in the horse.’’
Earlier, the Matthew Smith-trained mare Press Club took out the fillies and mares maiden (1300m).
The four-year-old overcame favourite Queen of Sheba in the final strides to hand Blake Spriggs his second winner for the day.
Trainer Smith was happy his mare put in another good performance and was optimistic about her racing future, with the option of eventually running in town next preparation.
‘‘She definitely still wants a little bit further and I am sure the breed are much better on softer tracks, so she will be much better in the winter,’’ Smith said.
‘‘I think we will just keeping stepping her up and see how far she gets. I am not sure, she might run 2000m we just don’t know. This preparation we will just keep her on big tracks like here and Newcastle or Goulburn next start.’’