Tango's Delight rocks them


Tango’s Delight was supposed to be living the life of a broodmare by now. But a decision by her owner, Ronnie Dawe, to keep her racing for one more season paid massive dividends last night when she rocked the punters, and her opposition, on her way to winning the Group 2 Garrards Horse and Hound Premier Mares’ Championship at Addington. In doing so she gave Smith his biggest victory as a trainer – capping of a notable week for the young horseman after his wife, Sara gave birth to their second child, Olivia last Sunday. “It’s been a hectic week, but a good week and this just tops if off,” he said. Tango’s Delight has become somewhat of a revelation since joining Smith’s barn back in August, but it’s been the stand starts where she has really made her mark, thanks in large to her generally impressive stand start credentials. In 20 starts for Smith, she’s won four races and finished second on six occasions. “The record should probably be even better because she hasn’t had a lot of luck recently. “But even in saying that, winning tonight is a bit of a surprise because of the horses she was racing. “I know she’s dangerous when she gets saved up for that one run at them, but you still don’t probably expect her to come out and do that against the likes of Democrat Party and that.” Good enough to beat the in-form Maverick on Show Day when sitting on his back, Tango’s Delight was let slide by punters last night and closed on the tote at $33 for the win. Dawe, who has the majority of his horses with Phil Burrows, had every intention of sending Tango’s Delight to the breeding paddock late last year but made the decision to have one more full season of racing when she started really performing. “I’ll admit that I wondered at the time if it was the right thing to do, but she’s going so well that there’s no doubt it was a good decision. “And now she’s even more valuable as a broodmare after that win.’’ With a plethora of grass and Country Cup racing coming up and some worthwhile stake money on offer, Smith’s intention is to keep racing the small daughter of Bettor’s Delight. “She will keep going round, she’s obviously going to be off a handicap in some of those races now but she can begin that quick I don’t think it will be too much of a problem for her.’’


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