The Fixer adds another Cup
By Adam Hamilton
AUSTRALIANS weren’t quite sure about Thefixer.
Yes, they saw him win the NZ Cup, but most felt he was half blessed off a soft run to beat their own subsequent Inter Dominion winner, Tiger Tara.
But the doubters were silenced in last Saturday night’s $110,000 Group 1 Ballarat Cup.
The sheer way Thefixer emerged from a tricky spot and exploded in the last 40m to storm to victory was quite a statement.
He is explosive and all class.
Stablemate Cruz Bromac, first-up since his terrific Inter Dominion campaign, burst to the front at the start and had Thefixer on his back.
Many felt the race was all Cruz Bromac’s then.
Australia’s most improved pacer and Ballarat local Rackemup Tigerpie made a midrace move to sit parked and really threw down the gauntlet to Cruz Bromac in the final lap.
Much to the shock of most, Rackemup Tigerpie got past Cruz Bromac in the last 100m and looked the winner before Thefixer got clear of a pocket and exploded late.
“In fairness to the two leaders, they went really hard from the 400-200m and I was just lucky enough to get across the back of them … he’s got really good point-to-point speed,” driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen said.
It was a mighty effort to pick-up to sharply while going sideways to find clear air in a 27sec final quarter.
And it absolutely showed Thefixer was a major player for Saturday week’s $500,000 Group 1 Hunter Cup.
The Aussie TAB crunched his Hunter Cup odds from $6 to $3.80 equal favourite with Tiger Tara, while Cruz Bromac is $6 and Spankem is $7.
Thefixer gave the All Stars barn its fifth Ballarat Cup win and fourth in succession. The others were: Heaven Rocks (2018), Smolda (2016 and ’17) and Highview Tommy back in 2012.