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By Jordan Gerrans
It does not matter where the races are won, six in a row is a significant achievement anywhere across Queensland.
That is the view of experienced North Queensland hoop Frank Edwards when asked about the recent scintillating run of form from gelding Tycoon Thunder.
The son of Written Tycoon has been a bush bully in recent weeks, winning six in a row on the non-TAB circuit around FNQ, dodging the bigger stage of the 2021 TAB Northern Queensland Winter Racing Carnival so far.
Trained by clever horseman Ricky Ludwig, the stable has the $75,000 Country Stampede Final in Brisbane this December in mind with the sprinter and potentially a tilt at the 2022 TAB Battle of the Bush Final.
The 57-year-old Edwards is not shying away from the potential Tycoon Thunder has shown in his six recent victories, all of which he has been in the saddle for.
“Just looking ahead to a race like the Battle of the Bush and historically what has raced in the Finals, I think he would start favourite if the Final was next week, in the form Tycoon Thunder is in,” Edwards said.
“He is certainly up to it and certainly up to the Northern Carnivals, maybe not the features, but certainly a good support race.
“He would be up to a Cairns Lightning in a few weeks times if Ricky wanted to go that way.”
Ludwig, who was previously based at Beaudesert earlier in his training career, toyed with the idea of ending the gelding’s non-TAB run of starts last week when he was nominated for the Townsville Lightning at Cluden Park on Friday afternoon.
The veteran trainer did not accept his gelding into the race, an event Edwards thought Tycoon Thunder would win if he did go around, declaring the field Lightning Handicap was not “one of the ages.”
Instead, they went to Ludwig’s home track these days of Atherton and made it six on the trot on Sunday afternoon with the $20,000 purchase from Shane Nichols’ stable.
The man known as “Big Ricky” has opted to look after Tycoon Thunder in his first preparation since arriving from Melbourne, limiting his travel to the Atherton Tablelands area of FNQ, instead of heading to the provincial tracks in Cairns and Townsville.