Bean tickling Pistol pink

A HAT-TRICK and well deserved spell await promising mare Tickle The Bean at Casino today.

Trained by Pete ‘Pistol’ Sinclair, Tickle The Bean chases its third win from four starts and a tilt at the annual Grafton July Racing Carnival in the Charcoal Inn Casino Class 2 Hcp (1400m).

“The mare’s going super,” Sinclair stated. “She’s in the right race tomorrow to extend her winning run. I’m keen to have a look at her over 1400 metres.

“After Casino she’ll probably have a bit of a blow (spell), then get ready for the Grafton carnival.”

Owned by a group of accountants and friends under the Kick Joe Kick syndicate managed by Sam Gerrard, Tickle The Bean had ventured to several stables before the current syndicate purchased the daughter of Reenact.

“I got her about three months before last year’s July Carnival,” Sinclair recalled. “After her first run (third in a Grafton maiden on July 11), we gave her a good break, let her mature, settle down and start again.”

Tickle The Bean returned after a 180-day break on January 7 at Port Macquarie, scoring a highly impressive 1200m maiden win when she stormed home from well back early. That was followed by an equally impressive 1200m Class1 win at Grafton on February 5, coming from second last early.

On breeding, Tickle The Bean should eventually stay but for the moment Sinclair is happy to bide his time.

“She’s only lightly framed and an ordinary doer,” Sinclair suggested. “She’s one of those mares that licks her tin out one night then not the next.

“Everyone thinks she’ll eventually get over more ground, for the time being though, because of her make-up, I don’t want to pour too much work into her even though she’s very clean winded. We’ve been nice and patient so far.

“The mare’s a real trier, pins her ears back and wants to hit the line. You can’t ask for much more.

“I couldn’t be happier.”



Clarence Valley fires: what we know so far

Clarence Valley fires: what we know so far

Latest updates on fires burning in the Clarence Valley

Grafton gallery now open 7 days a week

Grafton gallery now open 7 days a week

Tourism accreditation opens up new opportunities

REWARD: $300,000 for info on man’s death near Coffs Harbour

REWARD: $300,000 for info on man’s death near Coffs Harbour

It's the fifth anniversary of a man’s death at Sandy Beach.

Local Partners