An autumn virus curtailed Tango Rain’s career but the well-bred entire has signalled he can be a force with an all-the-way win at Rosehill.
By Manhattan Rain out of Tango Fire, Tango Rain is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and raced by his breeder Muzzafar Yaseen.
He was having his second start in almost a year on Saturday in the Benchmark 78 (1100m) after a frustrating delay.
“He worked one morning on a really hot day and then the next day he had a temperature of 41,” Ryan said.
“So we pulled the pin.
“It’s really pleasing to see him win. He is a very fast horse.
“I’m not sure what we do with him now because his rating needs to be higher to get into some better races and with the changes in the spring program they may come too soon.
“He may be an autumn horse.”
Ridden by Brenton Avdulla, Tango Rain ($3.80) had three-quarters of a length to spare over the favourite Marsupial ($3.50) as he brought up a winning double for the stable after Mariquita finally cracked it for a metropolitan win.
The mare usually wears ear muffs but Ryan elected to take them off after she left the parade ring on Saturday and it did the trick with the $6.50 chance wearing down the $2.40 favourite Awoke to win by 1-1/2 lengths at the end of the Benchmark 74 (1500m).
“I gave her a jump-out without the ear muffs and she went really well,” “Ryan said.
“It was a lovely patient ride from Rachel (King). She let her find her feet and she showed what she could do.
“She wasn’t finishing off her races as she should have been.”
King rode Mariquita at her previous start when she finished fourth, beaten half a length, in a 1400m fillies and mares race two weeks ago.
“She made it easy for herself today,” King said.
“She switched off and relaxed and was going to win a fair way out.”
There are no grand plans for Mariquita whose previous two wins had been at Wyong.
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