Turbo Thomas Sets New TAB Win Streak Record
OWNER Trent Anderson is still buzzing after Turbo Thomas extended his winning streak to 17 at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday, setting a new record.
11 January 2020
OWNER Trent Anderson says he’s still buzzing after his grand sprinter Turbo Thomas extended his winning streak to 17 at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday, setting a new Australasian record for consecutive TAB wins.
“Unreal feeling, it was a great day – we had a few beers to celebrate last night,” beamed Anderson.
“He’s a real winner the dog. There were a couple of runs there he probably should have got beat, there was one race at Maitland he looked 100/1, but he still found a way to win.
“It’s my biggest thrill in the sport so far … to say you’ve got a record like that is something else. Hopefully there’s still a few more wins yet.”
Trained by Jason Mackay, Turbo Thomas sizzled around Ladbrokes Gardens in a new personal best time of 22.38 on Friday, just a length outside the 22.32 time-standard held by Hunter Hummer.
“He actually missed it away a bit yesterday which made the win even better,” Anderson added.
“He’s definitely getting stronger and talking to Jason he thinks he’s now looking more like a 500 metre dog. It’s a shame he misses out on the (National) Derby next week with the way he’s going.”
Turbo Thomas’s seventeen straight TAB wins surpasses the previous record of 16 jointly held by champion chaser Fernando Bale and Hunter Valley darling Miss Elly Mint.
A son of Collision and No Diggity, Turbo Thomas began his rampaging record run last July, after suffering a shock defeat on debut in a Richmond maiden when trained by Anderson.
“I’ve had some people giving me some stick about him getting beat for me in that maiden,” laughed Anderson.
“It’s just amazing what he’s been able to do. It will be a funny feeling the day he does get beat but it will happen at some stage. I can’t say enough for the job Jason has done with him either, outstanding.”
Anderson told the Recorder that dam No Diggity has a litter of nine pups on the ground to Kinloch Brae, while her second litter by Fernando Bale are now racing and showing good ability.
“I’ll probably sell a few of the Kinloch Brae pups,” Anderson said.
“I don’t like selling pups but with Turbo Thomas going the way he is I’ve had a few calls about them. I’ll likely let a few go I’d say.”