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Warrnambool-based trainer Symon Wilde is confident heading into Saturday’s 2015 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse with his “magnificent mare” Tycoon Tara the deserving favourite for the Blue Diamond Stakes Day showdown.
The four-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon is the best fancied of a diminutive nine-mare field for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m), running as the Premier Signs Stakes as Caulfield Race 2 at 2:07pm (AEDT).
She and jockey Ben Melham have the outside barrier but pay $3.80 as the favourites in the current Mannerism Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Thirty-five-year-old Wilde spent six years training in partnership with his father Bill who has now taken a back seat, his son taking over as a trainer in his own right at the start of this season.
Since then Wilde has enjoyed 32 winners, three of those with the now four-time winning Tycoon Tara who has made a wonderful return to racing since spending nearly a year sidelined with a hoof injury.
“She sustained a bad laceration on her fetlock and a lot of her foot had to be cut away and re-grown,” Wilde told Racing Victoria.
“Funnily enough that injury bought her a bit of time and she really furnished out. She was quite a tall horse that was very lean as a three-year-old but she’s furnished into an absolutely magnificent mare now.
“You never wish an injury on any horse but I believe that time she had off really set her up for this great preparation where she probably should be unbeaten.”
Her maiden black type assignment happened only a fortnight ago when at Caulfield Racecourse, which she was also seeing for the first time in the February 14 showdown, she took on a Group 1 winner in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m).
Continuing her good form Tycoon Tara handled the step up in class and was super impressive winning the race by one and three-quarter lengths over Group 1 Myer Classic champ over the Flemington mile in the spring Bonaria.
Now she faces a similar field in another Group 3 mares-only clash that she’s looking to ace again earning an even bigger target next time out.
“The fact that you don’t know where she’s going to get to is the most exciting thing,” Wilde said.
“You’re always after these types of horses. I feel our stable has always flown under the radar, we get regular winners but people only really notice you when you get a good horse.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re getting bad horses to win, it’s really only these type of horses that put you on the map.”
Possible assignments later this campaign for Tycoon Tara include the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on March 14 and the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide on April 26.
“She’d have to blow them away but if she won as impressively as she did last time we’d have to give that (the Coolmore) consideration,” Wilde said.
“Sometimes when you’ve got a mare in form you only get one crack at these type of races. If we thought she didn’t run the trip we’d definitely look at a race like the Robert Sangster.
“She’s got a couple of 1300m wins to her name so I can’t see it (1400m) being a problem and I think fitness-wise she’s at her absolute peak.
“She just keeps getting better and every time we’ve raised the bar she’s jumped over it so I’ll be as interested as anyone to see how she goes.”
The main dangers to Tycoon Tara saluting in Saturday’s Mannerism Stakes according to the bookies are the Robert Smerdon-trained Group 3 Summoned Stakes winner Politeness ($4), Lindsay Park’s Churchill Downs five-year-old Girl Guide ($4.40) and the Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria ($5.50).
Bonaria and Politeness both come off top three runs behind Tycoon Tara in the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes running second and third respectively in the Mannerism Stakes lead-up, form that could be worth following on Saturday.
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