Tango Really Rocks

Jun 04, 2017

Tango Rock did not waste any time finding form this preparation, the talented four-year-old kicking off his campaign with a gutsy victory at Ballarat on Sunday.

Settling back from a wide gate, the bay moved into the race quickly at the turn, swinging very wide before joining the leaders early in the straight.

Challenged over the final stages by Aurelius Hero - the two drawing clear - Tango Rock dug deep late to record the third success of his consistent twelve start career.

Michael Kent Jnr, deputising for his father who was enroute for a well earned holiday in New York (where of course he will be taking in a big race meeting - the Belmont Stakes), was happy to see Tango Rock in winning form.

"Everything worked out for him today," he said.

"He has a penchant for rain affected tracks and the outside barrier worked in his favour with how the track was running by the end of the day."

Describing Tango Rock as "a big gross Fastnet Rock," Kent said that the horse who has "always shown ability" will "only take improvement from this run."

Jockey Luke Nolen, who has been aboard Tango Rock on five occasions, was a bit concerned at how early he had to make his run.

"He didn't travel all that well into it, the track is a bit pluggy, so I had to give him a squeeze and he joined in early. He just got a bit complacent when he was out there by himself but he stuck his head out when the other horse came at him."

Raced by a big group led by John Booth, Tango Rock is out of the stakes winning Stravinsky mare Volcada and he is a full brother to the Listed winner Kaepernick from the family of Group One gallopers Ideal Planet, Our Planet and Innocent King.