A METROPOLITAN sprinting double in successive races with warhorse Tarzan and rising star Tambo's Mate points to a hot summer for Kendrick Racing.
Tambo's Mate ($2.20-fav), ridden by Matthew McGillivray, kicked the double off when he won a Class 6 Plate (1200m) by two-and-a-quarter lengths at Eagle Farm on Saturday, October 26.
He's now won six of 10 starts and is looming as a force in black-type sprint races over the summer.
"He's a lovely horse. He's just taken a little bit to settle down,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"I like what he did today. He sat off the pace and when it slowed up a little bit he got his head up for a fraction but came back to Matty pretty well and then sprinted,'' he said.
"He's fairly promising, so hopefully he comes on from here.
"I think the older he gets the better he'll get. We've got the sprint series coming up.
"I will have a chat to his owner now about a little sprint program over the summer."
Tarzan ($6), ridden by Luke Tarrant, completed the double in the next race when he held on under the impost of 61.5kg in an Open (1000m).
"He gives you goosebumps all the way up the straight. He just keeps holding on and holding on,'' said Kendrick.
"He's one dimensional. You have to go to the front and if they're good enough to get past you they are, but he just tries his heart out," he said.
"He looks the best I've ever had him. He looks fantastic at the moment, so hopefully he can put another couple together."
The win was Tarzan's 15th, with 13 of those coming at the distance. He's also now cracked the $500,000 prize money mark.
He will now head back to the Sunshine Coast for a $100,000 Open over 1000m on November 16, with his main goal the Magic Millions Snippets in January.
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