TRAINER Stuart Kendrick was quick to give recognition to Tambo's Mate's owner-breeder Dalan Tamblyn after the inform gelding's feature win at Doomben.
"All credit to Dalan, who did a lot of work with the horse early,'' Kendrick said after the Mossman four-year-old won the listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) on Saturday, November 23.
Ridden by Matt McGillivray, Tambo's Mate ($5) showed plenty of fight in the straight to score a determined win by a long-neck to Vega One ($12), with Deep Image ($2.80-fav) just a short-neck away in third.
It was the horse's first try at 1350m and he had to do it the hard way after things looked a little messy early.
"I was really concerned early - it looked like he was going to be posted three deep,'' Kendrick said.
"Matty was just patient and waited. When they slowed up in the middle stages it played into our hands a little bit."
The win was the first in open company for Tambo's Mate and his first stakes class success, prompting connections to start looking ahead to next year's winter carnival.
It the meantime, the Magic Millions raceday could be a target.
“I was thinking of trying to qualify him for the Magic Millions QTIS race but his rating might be too nigh now,'' Kendrick said.
"Instead, we might try to qualify him with a wild card for the Magic Millions Snippets as he is not a Magic Millions horse,'' he said.
Tambo’s Mate has now won seven of his 11 starts and earned more than $320,000 in prize money.
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