Tsushima makes the wait worthwhile at Yarra Valley

Oct 27, 2018

Tsushima took a while to get to the races but the filly made the wait worthwhile for her huge band of owners at Yarra Valley.

A succession of little things stopped Tsushima from getting the races until the spring portion of her three-year-old season but she showed her ability in the Big Benny Phillips Maiden (1000m).

Jack Hill had a rare ride for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra but the experienced jockey did a terrific job with the raw daughter of Kuroshio, keeping her close to the speed to the home turn.

Tsushima’s inexperience led to her wobbling around the home turn but the jockey’s vigour helped the debutante get her mind on the job in the straight.

Tsushima lifted in the last 100m and one final effort got her over the line narrowly to the cheers of her huge contingent of owners on hand to watch the $23,000 race at Yarra Valley.

“When she straightened up and I gave her a couple with the whip, she kept finding the line,” Hill told Tsushima’s excited owners after the race.

“She wasn’t fully going because he didn’t really know what do but so there is plenty of improvement in her.

“What she’s done is massive.

“I didn’t know if got the win or not but I thought it was a really good debut.

“She’s just going to improve.”

Tsushima was a $26,000 purchase at last year’s Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale but she recouped the majority of that outlay when she banked $21,050 in prize money and bonuses for her debut win.

Congratulations to Tsushima’s owners on their win with the promising filly and thanks to all involved with getting her to Yarra Valley in such terrific condition.