2016 Golden Rose an Option for Tango Rain

July 25th, 2016

Tango Rain may have set himself on a course towards the 2016 Golden Rose (1400m) after posting another dominant win at Canterbury Racecourse over the weekend.

undefeated colt Tango Rain has stamped himself as a potential 2016 Golden Rose horse. Photo: Steve Hart

undefeated colt Tango Rain has stamped himself as a potential 2016 Golden Rose horse. Photo: Steve Hart

Tango Rain has only made two competitive appearances at the races since debuting in June, but has more than stamped himself as an exciting Spring Carnival prospect for trainer Gerald Ryan in claiming two comfortable wins.

Ryan told The Sunday Telegraph that Tango Rain was actually supposed to be trained by Caulfield-based trainer Mick Price, but he is thrilled to have instead be given the colt and has been understandably thrilled with the class he has displayed on the track already.

“He is a very smart colt, does everything right in his races and this win was the same as his first start — just three classes better,’’ Ryan said.

“There were some nice young horses in this field and he was able to beat them quite convincingly.

“I don’t think he has to lead, I’m sure he would settle if ridden with cover, but he does have the ability to sustain is speed and that makes him hard to run down.

“After the Teeley Assets dispersal sale, they retained two colts and two fillies. I was supposed to get a colt, Star Of Monsoon, and a sister to Rubick, while the other two were to go to Mick Price’s in Melbourne.

“But for some reason they mixed it up and put the wrong horse on the float so both the colts came to me and Mick got the two fillies. I’m happy they decided to leave the colts with me.’’

Ryan revealed he will look to step the Manhattan Rain company up to black type company following Saturday’s impressive performance in the 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap (1200m).

“There are two options – The Rosebud at Randwick in two weeks or the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill on August 13,’’ Ryan said.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy echoed Ryan’s sentiments of the quality of Tango Rain in winning at Canterbury over the weekend.

“There is still improvement to come in this horse,’’ McEvoy said.

“It remains to be seen what trip he does enjoy but he was strong late today.

“He began so well, I rode him for speed and he responded but I feel he can get further and I wouldn’t rule him out running 1400m, either.’’

Tango Rain is currently available at early 2016 Golden Rose odds of $31 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.