A LONG-RANGE forecast proved spot on when Tarzan struck first-up in the listed Lightning (1000m) on his favourite home track of Caloundra.
The five-year-old speedster's win in the metropolitan meeting on Saturday, June 2, was his seventh from 11 starts at the track.
He is also the course record for the Sunshine Coast 1000m, which is why connections were so keen to target the Lightning.
"He loves it here,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"We planned this for the past few months after they said they were going to run it here,'' he said.
"We tipped him out and everything has been directed to this race."
Ridden by Luke Tarrant, Tarzan ($16) had to overcome the outside gate before scoring a determined win by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
The horse races best when he finds the lead and Tarrant managed to do that on him before fighting on in the straight.
"We were a bit shattered when he drew off the track but Luke rode him perfectly,'' Kendrick said.
"I was worried at the 200m but as soon as he heard that other horse he found another gear."
Tarrant said he was really excited to get the ride on Tarzan.
"He's a pleasure to ride and he's gone better than ever," Tarrant said.
"He's the sort of horse you'll travel and you don't know what he's got until he's challenged,'' he said.
"He found another gear and they were never going to get near us."
Images courtesy of Trackside Photography