Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon will ride Tumbler in the $15,000 Kevin Nipperess Handicap (1000m) at Ballina today.
Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon will ride Tumbler in the $15,000 Kevin Nipperess Handicap (1000m) at Ballina today. Chris Ison ROK020415crace3

Racehorse trainer’s trials and tribulations with Tumbler

ASTUTE Brisbane trainer Barry Lockwood's patience with the development of promising four-year-old mare Tumbler is finally being rewarded.

Tumbler lines up in the $15,000 Kevin Nipperess Handicap (1000m) aiming to make up for lost opportunity at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting today.

The trials and tribulations of the daughter of Time Thief are enough to test any trainer's patience.

Tumbler, a $10,000 Classic sale yearling purchase in Sydney, showed ability right from day one but due to a litany of injuries didn't make it to the races until this season.

After winning a trial easily as a two-year-old Tumbler pulled up sore and for a few days after never got better.

Lockwood eventually had the then filly scanned where she was diagnosed as having a busted pelvis. It necessitated eight months off. In her next preparation everything was going along smoothly until she did a suspensory ligament in her hind leg.

It was back to the paddock for a lengthy period.

"She came back, was going good then broke her splint bone and had to have another six months off," Lockwood rued. "It's been a slow process getting her to the races. This time in she has been fine (and had) no problems - touch wood."

Tumbler finally made her race debut as a four-year-old in a 1200m fillies and mares maiden at Ipswich on February 10 scoring an impressive win by a length.

She then stepped out in a 1000m Class 1 at the Sunshine Coast on February 26, getting back early before running home for a strong second to Lord Tscharke.

Then after a 26-day break Tumbler looked the part rushing home for a 1.5 length win in a 1000m Class 2 handicap at Ipswich on March 23.

"She won well on debut then we tried to teach her to settle off the pace at the Sunshine Coast but she ran too hard and got caught wide," Lockwood said.

"At Ipswich last time Ric McMahon, who rode her as a two-year-old, got her to settle lovely and she scooted home."

Lockwood is aiming to win a couple more races to get her rating up and qualify Tumbler for better quality events in the coming weeks.

McMahon again takes the reins at Ballina, Tumbler drawing ideally in barrier one.

Lockwood and McMahon also team up with Aussie Jack in the XXXX Gold Class 3 Hcp (1250m).