Oops Tommy shaping well for Mitchell

Darryl Bradley returning to scale on Oops Tommy at Hastings yesterday.

Darryl Bradley returning to scale on Oops Tommy at Hastings yesterday.

Darryl Bradley was quick to give Cambridge galloper Oops Tommy the thumbs up after riding him for the first time at Hastings yesterday.

Oops Tommy, a three-year-old son of Thewayyouare, had been ridden by Lynsey Satherley and Michael Coleman in his first two starts, resulting in a debut eighth on a heavy 11 track over 1200 at Matamata on June 1 and an eye catching late run for second behind Prize Lord over 1400 at Te Aroha on a Heavy 10 surface.

Both trainer Todd Mitchell and Bradley admitted to some pre-race concern about Oops Tommy’s wide draw in yesterday’s Bay Ford NZ Punter Of The Year Oct 1 1400, but that worry went out the window within the first 200 metres.

Oops Tommy began well and Bradley soon had him on the pace, tracking the leader, and it was the final 200 metres of the race in which the promising youngster stood up. He drew clear to win by two and a quarter lengths.

“I love the fighting tendencies this horse has got,” said Bradley. “He’s still got a lot to learn. I really like him.”

Mitchell agrees there is a lot of improvement in Oops Tommy, but he has already shown him a quality which will help him through his programme.

“After every race he gets home and licks the bowl clean,” said Mitchell.

Oops Tommy gives the impression he will be even better suited when he steps up to 1600 metres.

“I was thinking about stepping him up to 1600 but thought we could come down here and give him another 1400,” said Mitchell after yesterday’s win. “He’s ready for 1600.”