Tuskegee wont respond to whip at Lismore races
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
RACEGOERS at Lismore today need not look for Darron Coleman to be reaching for the whip on Tuskegee in the feature race, the Truckies Long Haul (3000m).
He probably won't even bother to take it with him. Trainer John Everson has been tearing out what is left of his hair trying to work out a strategy to get Tuskegee to hit the line at the end of his races.
"We had been using the stick on him and it did not make any difference," Everson said.
"Three starts back I took him to the Gold Coast and asked Luke Rolls not to use the stick and the horse hit the line really well.
"Peter Graham rode him at his last two starts at Grafton and did not use the whip either time and the improvement has been remarkable."
At those last two starts, both over 2100 metres, Tuskegee ran third to Sam Sung Blue and fifth, beaten by only 1.7 lengths, behind Pride of Pins.
In fact, when Graham returned on the horse after his last start he told Everson the horse needed much further.
"He did not know that I have had this race in mind for the last couple of months," Everson said.
Today's Truckies Long Haul, which has drawn a field of nine, is the second longest race in country Australia.