Tuokkolan Touho Suurmestari (Hippos.fi 16.7.2011)
Photo: Hippola / Irina Keinänen (archive, Marimin on the left & Tuokkolan Touho on the right)
Tuokkolan Touho did not leave any “IF”:s as he simply steamrolled to win Mikkeli’s Suurmestaruus (grand champion) race. His km-time in the one mile race was 1.20,8. He went with the 1.16-timed start, forced himself to the peak and went off his own way in the last curve. Driver Kari Rosimo was all smile in the parade.
– The first curve was quite fast, after that Jouko Tarvainen gave me the peak quite easily. I opened Touho’s ears just in case 100m before the finish line. According to this day’s performance, Touho is my favourite for the Trotting King race, but it’s a different race, when we drive three races in two days. It’s hard to say how the horse takes it.
The 8-year-old stallion is owned by JMR Talli Oy and Ravitalli Suuronen Oy. Trainer Seppo Suuronen was calm even after the massive win.
– After seeing this we are going for the King race with good expectations. Of course there’s still a couple of weeks to go, but this sure strengthened our faith.
Suuronen still refused to take any pre-favourite pressures.
– We’ll see first, if we are competing, then we’ll race for a couple of days and the Sunday evening shows, how it went. It was wonderful to win this home race.