Tie the Knot

Nassipour (USA) - Whisked
Foaled:  1994
One of the last Nassipour foals (the sire of the great Let's Elope), Tie The Knot won 3 Group 1 events during 1997/98. He won the Spring Champion Stakes, Rosehill Guineas and Sydney Cup (beating the grand Doriemus). He was also runner up in both the VRC and AJC Derby, and was ridden by Darren Beadman prior to that jockey's retirement, and Shane Dye has partnered the horse in almost all of his runs since.

Tie The Knot resumed as a spring 4 year with good efforts in the early Sydney WFA races, before he won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes. He then got completely blocked on the rail when unplaced in the Turnbull Stakes, and this appeared to have affected the horse when he "died" on his run when third to Taufan's Melody in the Caulfield Cup. He was most unlucky when 6th in the Melbourne Cup, finishing faster than any other horse, and really never had a chance after being amongst the backmarkers and having a chequered passage through the field in the straight. Tie The Knot then completed a brilliant autumn carnival (albeit with Might and Power missing through injury), culminating in creating history by becoming only the 2nd horse this century to win back to back wins in the Sydney Cup. He won 3 Group 1 events, the Chipping Norton, the Mercedes Classic and the Sydney Cup, and was unlucky not to hold onto the Ranvet Stakes, in which he was first past the post only to lose the race on protest to Darazari. He then missed out on winning Horse of the Year for the 1998-99 racing season when Might and Power won for the second successive year.

Tie the Knot came back as a 5yo, and finished a controversial second to champion New Zealand mare Sunline, then second again to Intergaze in the time honoured Warwick and Chelmsford Stakes. He next won the Hill Stakes and Craven Plate, but then ran third to Northern Drake in a slowly run sit and sprint race in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes. At his next start he ran a terrific second to the champion Sunline (again) in the WS Cox Plate, but appeared to have had enough at his next two starts when he ran poorly in the MacKinnon Stakes and Melbourne Cup (both won by the 7yo Rogan Josh). He reappeared in the autumn, and had another successful Sydney campaign, winning the Chipping Norton, Ranvet and Mercedes Classic Group 1 treble, and then narrowly won the St Leger. He failed in a bid to win an historic 3rd straight Sydney Cup, under 60kg and on a heavy track. 

Tie the Knot's 2000 spring campaign is best described as disappointing.  He appeared to have come back as good as ever, and with Beadman reunited with the horse, he was producing those typical barnstorming finishes he has made his trademark, albeit without winning.  His run in the Epsom, unplaced behind Shogun Lodge, was better than it appeared, as he received no luck in the running.  He again journeyed to Melbourne, with the Cox Plate as his target, hoping to go one better than his second placing at the hands of the great Sunline in 1999, and with Guy Walter (and all of us) also hoping the horse would prove the critics wrong, and win again in Melbourne, something he had failed to do since winning his first start there as a 4yo in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes in 1998.  He ran a good second in the Caulfield Stakes, although well beaten by Sky Heights, but in the Cox Plate, along with Shogun Lodge and Sky Heights, the horse ran the worst race of his career, finishing at the tail of the field without ever looking like he would figure in the finish.  It was a distressing way for the horse's spring to finish, and Tie the Knot was immediately spelled, missing the Melbourne Cup and with thoughts of retirement looming.  Although the track didn't suit him, or the other two beaten favoured runners, the run was inexplicable.

The good news is that Tie the Knot appears as good as ever!  He resumed on 10 February 2001 to record his very first win "first up", when he came storming up along the rails with new jockey Patrick "Paddy" Payne, to win the Expressway Stakes convincingly!  In doing so he joined the great Kingston Town and Comic Court (as well as a few others) as winners of Group races from 1200m to 3200m, as well as setting up a much anticipated clash with the champion mare Sunline in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, at Warwick Farm on 3 March 2001.  

Tie the Knot was again defeated by the great mare Sunline in the Apollo, although he ran a good race for fourth (as usual, the promoted 'match race' never came off, with the Kiwi champion always in control).  At his next start though, the rising 7 year gelding produced another stellar performance, dashing clear to win his third successive Chipping Norton Stakes (G1 - 1600m), which was run this year at Randwick due to (I think) heavy rain that made Warwick Farm unsuitable.  He backed up a fortnight later in the Ranvet Stakes, which he also duly won (this was 'technically' his third successive win in this Group 1 race as well, except that he lost the 1999 version to Darazari on protest).  Tie the Knot then tried to win his third successive Mercedes-Classic, but suffered one of his rare Sydney autumn defeats when he ran fourth behind Curata Storm, Kaapstad Way and Giovana.  His connections later decided he was in need of a spell, so his anticipated autumn campaign finale, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, at Randwick, on 28 April 2001, will not eventuate, with Guy Walter concerned more with the well-being of his great horse, and endeavouring to save something for the spring.  All Tie the Knot fans will be hoping that Paddy Payne can weave his magic once again, and that the real Tie the Knot will stand up this spring, and perform like we all know he can, in Sydney and most importantly, in Melbourne!

 
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