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Surprise riding tactics pays off for Chainlocker

12 / 07 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Apprentice Ronan Keogh is all smiles as he brings Chainlocker back to the unsaddling enclosure at Tattersall's Park
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A CHANGE in riding tactics by Irish apprentice Ronan Keogh aboard consistent four-year-old Chainlocker gave Tea Tree trainer Craig Rowbottom some anxious moments at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday.

Chainlocker has earned a reputation as a horse that likes to race on the speed so when the gelding was still worse than midfield turning for home on Sunday Rowbottom was understandably concerned.

But the state’s leading apprentice Ronan Keogh still managed to get the gelded son of Ladoni into a winning position in the home straight and when he called on the four-year-old for the supreme effort he responded magnificently.

Chainlocker hit the line over three lengths clear of Egyptian Princess with Camolin almost a length astern

It was Chainlocker’s second win this time in but he also has notched four seconds and two thirds from his eight starts this preparation to be clearly one of the most consistent and most honest gallopers in the state.

Listen to what trainer Craig Rowbottom had to say about Chainlocker’s win on Sunday – click here .