Wins just keep Tickinover for Russell

Michael Heagney found sound room on the inside of the track to get Tickinover home in the Tumut Building Supplies 1400m Class Two Handicap on Saturday.

Tickinover has proven he is an out and out Tumut specialist on Saturday, winning his third consecutive race in the Tumut Building Supplies 1400m Class Two Handicap. 

Starting favourite after drawing gate one, veteran hoop Michael Heagney had to ride for luck after Tickinover drifted back in the early stages of the race.

Heagney eventually found a lane and maneuvered his charge to the inside, giving him a chance to find space on the home turn. 

Tickinover would find the lead and hold on for a 0.2 of a length win over Boston Ivy and Rockey Hugh, while paying $3.50 on the bookies board.

Michelle Russell, who trains Tickinover out of her Gundagai stables, admitted she was worried about his chances during the run.

“He (Michael Heagney) was lucky he got him out at the time he did and got the split,” Russell said.

“He (Tickinover) needs clear running and after he drifted back early, I thought he was going to finish second but Mick (Heagney) rode him well for the win.”

Russell admitted to being nervous leading into the event but maintained connections were confident they would be thereabouts in the finish.

“I did go there confident, even though he went up in weight, I thought he was in a weaker race than last start,” Russell said.

Despite the very good recent form, it took the seven-year-old 20 starts until he finally broke his maiden on Boxing Day, when winning the 1400m Maiden Plate with Belinda Wright on board.

The Tickets gelding followed this up with a nice fourth at Queanbeyan on January 11 before winning at Tumut again, this time taking out the 1400m Class Two Handicap on Tumut Mile day.

The Gundagai runner will be put in the paddock for a short spell before Russell and connections consider their next assignment.

“He needs to be fresh, so I’ll put him out in the paddock for a pick of the green grass and let him freshen up,” Russell said.“We might look at the Yass picnic cup but right now