40 for Beau
Mar 22, 2017
It was another good day for stable apprentice Beau Mertens who recorded a winning double at Sandown on Wednesday - taking his metropolitan tally for the season to an impressive 40.
And we were especially happy that one of those he kicked home was one of ours, the lightly raced and promising three-year-old Tenappy Ladies.
Having only his fourth start, and his second this time in, the son of Choisir had been a gutsy and somewhat unlucky second when resuming at Moonee Valley, doing it tough from an outside gate.
"He did a great job after being posted deep last time so I came here today quite confident," Mertens said.
And he was happy during the run, Tenappy Ladies content to take a sit off the leader after beginning well.
"He travelled comfortably and was happy where he was."
"They came at him quite early in the straight but I just held him together and when I went for him he accelerated nicely, it was a good win."
Michael Kent has always had time for Tenappy Ladies, a horse he describes as one with "good ability."
"He has just been immature but you can see when he gets to the front he fights on, he has been doing that at home too. I think he can keep progressing."
It was Tenappy Ladies' first run at Sandown, a track that Kent thought would suit him - "I thought he would appreciate the wide open space," he said.
A $125,000 purchase at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions, Tenappy Ladies was bred in Western Australia out of the city placed two times winning Statue Of Liberty mare Golden Statue.
Last spring producing a colt by Husson, Golden Statue is a full sister to the multiple Group One sprinting Hay List.