PROMISING filly Tambo's Jewel's transformation from former slow coach to city winner is complete. And the stable believes there are better wins in store for the three-year-old after she won a midweek Class 4 (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
"I'm hopeful she can pick up some black type during the carnival,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick after she made it four wins from five career starts.
"I'm targeting the listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) in June,'' he said.
"She's bred to run the mile and she's so relaxed in her work I'm confident she'll get over abit of ground."
The only time Tambo's Jewel has tasted defeat was two starts back on a heavy track at Eagle Farm last start.
She made amends back on top of the ground on May 1. Ridden by Adrian Coome, Tambo's Jewel ($4.80) beat Mishani by a nose.
The gutsy win was a far cry from her early days when she showed very little on the track in Sydney.
Her half-sister Lightfeet Lady won seven of her first 11 starts, so owner Dalan Tamblyn sent Tambo's Jewel south with high hopes.
But she was quickly banished back to North Queensland when she was alarmingly slow in track work in Sydney, including being beaten 200m in a barrier trial.
Tamblyn decided to persist with her and sent her to Kendrick. When she first arrived at the stable in Mackay, it was apparent she didn't know how to gallop.
"She used to work nicely in slow work but as soon as she was asked to quicken her legs used to go everywhere and she just didn't know how to pick up and accelerate,'' said Kendrick.
But the time invested by Kendrick and stable jockey Coome eventually paid dividends, with Tambo's Jewel winning her first three starts in Rockhampton and Townsville.
Kendrick said the brilliant start to her career over sprint distances was a bit of a surprise, but a nice one.
"We always thought she'd be better as the races got longer, but she's been winning the shorter races on natural ability,'' said Kendrick.
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