Brilliant Tufto brings up Southwell century in style
General Tufto: did the business
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Tufto reaches Southwell century in winning style By David Baxter 12:04PM 20 DEC 2016
GENERAL TUFTO spread some festive joy on his 100th start at Southwell, as the all-weather warrior blasted home for a 15th win at the track.
The 11-year-old was creating his own little slice of history when tackling the Fibresand for the 100th time, and he ensured his supporters were cheering with a decisive two and a half length win.
As is his wont, General Tufto was slowly away and Joey Haynes had to start riding the veteran along after a few strides.
Turning for home the pair still had a lot of work to do, but as General Tufto started to weave through the field he looked better and better, and burst through with a furlong left.
He was not for catching, and soon had his rivals trailing for a memorable victory.
The magnitude of victory was obvious as trainer Charles Smith struggled to hold back the tears and said: "He's priceless to us. I thought he would win, he's in the form of his life, he ran well here last time and hopefully he'll come back here on new year's day. He's an absolute superstar and a real pet."
Owner John Theaker, who received a cake marking General Tufto's achievement at a special winner's presentation, added: "Joey absolutely got it right. Nothing will ever be like this for me again and it's a very special day.
"To keep him going is absolutely amazing. At 11 years old he's still interested."