Tango Rockets Home
May 28, 2016
It took a photo to determine whether Tango Rock had finished hard enough to secure victory in Saturday's Le Pine Handicap but he had just done that - charging home late and putting his nose out right on the line.
Settling at the rear in the 1400m event, Tango Rock was patiently steered by our in-form apprentice Jake Bayliss who had also won the previous race aboard Lord Barrington.
Hooking out into the straight, Tango Rock had the job ahead as Divine Mr Artie gave a kick at the 100m but he pinned his ears back and lengthened stride - getting up to record his second victory from just five starts.
Finishing off well over 1100m at his previous start at Caulfield, Tango Rock was better suited up in distance at a bigger track and his win is indicative of bigger things to come.
"That was a nice win and he is a horse who has always shown plenty of talent," Michael Kent said.
"The plan was to be mid-race but he was going to be caught three wide so Jake did the right thing and eased him back."
Kent is looking forward to seeing Tango Rock, a horse he thinks will be better as he matures, progress.
"He was quite a small yearling who has taken a while to mature and I think he will be all the stronger at four."
"He is a full brother to Kaepernick who has really hit his straps at four and I do think there is a lot more to come for this horse."
Jake Bayliss reported that he was happy throughout the race with a nice amount of pace on.
"We did a speed map and thought there would be a bit of tempo so I was happy to just let him find his feet."
"He has got a bit of a square action but a really good turn of foot," he said.
Bayliss is enjoying his great run of form... "I am absolutely rapt," he enthused - "this is my job and my hobby and I am loving every minute of it!"
Raced by a big group of loyal stable clients headed by John Booth, Tango Rock was bred by GSA Bloodstock's Jonathan Munz (also a part-owner) by champion stallion Fastnet Rock out of the Dequetteville Stakes winning Stravinsky mare Volcada.
Thank you to Darryl Sherer for the winning photo.