Stuart Kendrick’s progressive filly Tambo’s Jewel is on track for a shot at the 2013 Sunshine Coast Guineas at her home track later this season after her narrow win at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.
The nicely-bred Oratorio three-year-old took her impressive record to four wins from just five starts on the first of the month when holding on in a close finish to defeat Mishani Warrior by a nose in the XXX Gold Class 4 Handicap over 1200m.
She originally started her career in Sydney failing to impress initially when running a distant seventh in a 900m trial at Rosehill in August of 2012.
“She was beaten 200 metres in her first trial and they said she’ll never win a race anywhere,” Kendrick said.
It quickly became evident once she was sent to the then Mackay-based Kendrick that this filly could win, Tambo’s Jewel taking out her opening three starts on the trot in North Queensland, but just not at the metropolitan level in Sydney connections had been hoping for.
“I trained her half-sister Lightfeet Lady who won seven of her first 11 starts for her owner Dalan Tamblyn so he sent this filly to Sydney with the hope that she’d be a metropolitan horse in Sydney,” Kendrick explained.
“But she couldn’t get out of her own way and they couldn’t find anything slow enough to work with her so she came to us.
“When she did slow work (with us) she was fine but as soon as we asked her to go her legs went everywhere and she just didn’t know how to pick up and accelerate.
“(Jockey) Adrian (Coome) did a lot of work on her and she went from not being able to beat anything in track work to winning four out of her first five race starts.”
After a four month break she returned to racing at Eagle Farm on April 10 following Kendrick’s move to the Sunshine Coast and suffered her only defeat to date when a Heavy (9) track got the better of her and she ran a close fourth.
Proving her class with a bounce back victory this week, Kendrick is convinced Tambo’s Jewel has a black type win in her this time in and is eyeing the $100,000 Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) for her on June 29 convinced she will step up to the mile without issue.
“She’s bred to run a mile and she’s doing it all on natural ability at the moment,” Kendrick said.
“We always thought she’d get over more ground and she’s surprised us with the speed she’s been showing.
“Because she’s such a relaxed filly we’re hopeful she can get over a bit further and still have a sprint at the end of it.”
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