Terrific Tarwin

Sep 09, 2018

It is straight to the paddock for Sunday's impressive debut winner Tarwin, the exciting three-year-old looking to have what it takes to be competitive in better company next time in.

"I will probably put him away now," said Michael Kent just after Tarwin charged past his rivals in the 1400m maiden at Sale... "I think he will measure up as an autumn three-year-old; I think if we give him the time he can do something good for us next time in."

"He is a nice horse," he continued, "who has always shown good ability. We came here today hoping that he'd do something like that. He could've won over six furlongs the way he has been working but Sale was the right track for him."

"He still has a lot of learning to do," jockey Beau Mertens reported.

"I thought he'd be a bit raw today but he handled himself well and once we straightened up I knew we had them covered."

"I didn't want to hit the front too early and have him look around but to his credit he ran a strong race and was very competitive."

"He will only get better over ground so to do that at his first start is a very good effort, he will be an exciting horse once he gets out to ten furlongs."

A home-bred for long time loyal clients Philip and Anne Wooldridge, Tarwin is a son of the Melbourne Cup winner Americain and the terrific mare Clandon, a five times city winner who was also a member of the stable.

All four of Clandon's foals to race have been winners including the promising city placegetters Abinger and Virginia Water. Clandon's dam Knaphill was also a metropolitan winner bred and raced by the Wooldridges and her other daughter Sealers Cove is dam of another stable member with talent, the lightly raced city placed Seattle Park.

This is a family the Wooldridges have enjoyed success with over many years, another of its members they bred and raced being the 1985 VRC St Leger winner Waratah Bay whose sire Reckless was bred and raced by their good friend Joan Walker.