The 11-time Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls OBE, rang us regarding a “rather special horse" that he has acquired. He’s a once raced, unbeaten gelding by the name of TANGO TARA, by the 11-Time Champion National Hunt sire Kayf Tara.
Paul and ace bloodstock agent Tom Malone, bought him from the recent Goffs, Yorton sale. Paul’s call to our National Hunt Manager, Tom Palin, was prompted by a piece of work he’d performed on the Ditcheat gallops, at the weekend: A piece of work which caused Paul to become “very excited.” Then again, you would expect that from a horse who clocked the fastest time of the day and a time 14 seconds faster than average, in winning his Irish P2P, which you can see here (he is in the purple colours.)
Here is the Irish point to point review of him: “Hailing from the same yard as the black type winners such as Marias Benefit, Israel Champ and Eden Du Houx, Tango Tara proved himself to be an ultra-tough performer by winning at Ballindenisk in late November. The Cork venue is a real test of a horse, particularly one having its debut, and so you would have to be really impressed with the winning attitude that this son of Kayf Tara produced. Always towards the fore, he hit the front on jumping the second last, and it was particularly taking to see that when the game runner-up attempted to come back at him at the final fence, he picked up on the climb for home to win going away at the line in a time some 14 seconds quicker than the day’s average and the quickest on the card. A price tag of €72,000 from the store sales says it all about the model of a horse that he is and he has now backed that up at the first time of asking on the track.”
Given Paul knew we were still looking for the right horse to team up with him, he rang our National Hunt manager Tom, to recommend that we take a look at this horse. We were not disappointed with what we saw from this impressive individual, in winning this 3 mile P2P; namely; a fine staying chaser. As a specimen, he is 16.2hh, with a wonderfully willing attitude, and a jumping ability way beyond his 5yo years and a pedigree ladened with black type performers. One could go as far as suggesting he’s the complete package.
The Racing Post have already given him the very lofty rating of 93, which is exactly the same mark as fellow Irish Point to Point graduate and Paul Nicholls trained RSA winner Topofthegame received. Furthermore, before his P2P debut, Tango Tara, and 15 other horses, went for what’s called a “schooling bumper” at The Curragh. In effect, this is a ‘behind closed doors’ race, where 16 set off, but where two turned for home some 25 lengths ahead of the other 14. These two, were Tango Tara and a horse called Gentlemansgame. The latter went on shortly after, to win his point to point on debut too, as did Tango Tara. Gentlemansgame, made his racecourse debut, under rules on Saturday at Cork, where he ran out a facile, 21 length winner:
He was the Racing Post’s ‘Star Performer’, which is most unusual for the winner of a novice hurdle.
Combine Tango Tara’s impressive CV with his assertive point to point victory, and he’s more than demonstrated that we have a potentially top-class project in our midst. As Paul cites: “He has a serious engine and is exactly the type of horse that I look for; a big, 3-mile chasing type and one that you need to be getting involved with. He jumps very well and will be the type that gets better, the further he goes and the bigger the obstacles we lay before him. Just the type of horse I love.”
Here he is parading at Ditcheat:
Hopefully he’s another Ditcheat P2P star in the making, à la BRAVEMANSGAME, SEE MORE BUSINESS, DENMAN, TOPOFTHEGAME, to name but a few.