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Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ “time travelling” double.

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ “time travelling” double.

There can’t be many instances when a quick-fire double is landed with the first leg coming a day AFTER the second, but that’s a feat Phoenix Thoroughbreds are celebrating this weekend.

Confused? You might well be. Rest assured there was no need for a Delorean fitted with a Flux Capacitor to achieve this, just runners in two hemispheres and the magic of time zones. Let us explain. Born A Warrior gave us all a glimpse of his talent winning at Kembla Grange early Saturday afternoon in Australia and thanks to Remington Park staging a night meeting, as Now Tiz Time crossed the line in front just 15 minutes later, it was still Friday in Oklahoma.

Both victories were impressive in their own way. Born A Warrior had shown smatterings of his potential in his previous eight starts but he left his partnership of high profile owners in no doubt of his ability with a striking turn of foot to get off the mark. Still doing plenty wrong in the process, the Hawkes Racing trainee broke last from the gates and enthusiastically raced in last for most of the 1100m race. Jockey Kody Jennings earned his riding fee as he wrestled the son of I Am Invincible around the bend. While the colt may have been a difficult proposition in that task, he gave his ride every assistance in the straight flashing from last to first to win with a bit to spare.

In a contrasting performance Steve Asmussen’s Now Tiz Time was very impressive throughout his demolition job of a Maiden Special Weight field at Remington Park. Having shown nice improvement in his first two starts, he graduated to the winner’s circle with some aplomb. Breaking well from gate 11 of 11 jockey Stewart Elliott wasted no time on getting the favourite to the front of the field. Riding the Tiznow colt like the best horse in the race he started to stretch out his margin of lead at the entrance to the first turn. Doing it all under his own steam Now Tiz Time was five to six lengths clear at the top of the stretch, increasing that to over ten by the time he hit the line with Elliott doing minimal work in the irons.

The two victories continued an excellent run of form for Phoenix Thoroughbreds whose form figures for their last five runners reads 12111.