ONE TO WATCH: Jockey Matthew McGillivray rides Tambo's Mate to victory at Eagle Farm in Brisbane in October. Picture: Racing Queensland.
ONE TO WATCH: Jockey Matthew McGillivray rides Tambo's Mate to victory at Eagle Farm in Brisbane in October. Picture: Racing Queensland.

Tambo’s Mate ‘makes own luck’ towards Stradbroke Handicap

RACING: Sunshine Coast’s leading trainer Stuart Kendrick is optimistic Tambo’s Mate can continue his charge towards the Stradbroke Handicap with another encouraging run at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The four-year-old is geared for the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), after winning the Group 3 BRC Sprint handicap at Doomben (1000m) a fortnight ago.

The race boasts several of the top sprinters in the state, ahead of Queensland’s premier race at Eagle Farm next month, the Stradbroke (1400m).

“Hopefully he runs well on the weekend and we go there full of confidence,” Kendrick said.

“He does like the track there and hopefully he can get a good run and he should be right there … I think he’ll run really well.”

Kendrick has won the premiership at the Sunshine Coast for the past seven years and recently notched his 900th win but is yet to have a runner in the Stradbroke Handicap.

Assuming Tambo’s Mate pulls up well from this weekend’s race with Matt McGillivray aboard, he will be the first.

When asked if he believed the gelding could give the famous race a genuine shake, Kendrick said: “I do. It’s a handicap race and I think the big thing is we’ll get in with 51 kilos on our back.”

“I’ve had some runners in some good races but it would be a good one to try and win, that’s for sure.”

Aside from Tambo’s Mate’s good form and liking for Eagle Farm, he has uncanny composure and a will to win.

“The thing about him is he’s a fairly high-speed type of horse so he puts himself up near the lead and he makes his own luck rather than needing a certain tempo in the race.”

“If they go slow enough, he’s right there, and if they roll along, he can sort of sit just off them.

“So, he’s one of those type of horses, and that’s the big difference, he makes his own luck in the race and if a horse does that it gives him a good chance rather than relying on other factors in the race.”

Tambo’s Mate has won eight of 16 starts and been unplaced just once (fourth) in his last 10 starts.

He was $13 for the Victory Stakes and $26 with Ladbrokes for the Stradbroke Handicap on Friday.

Meanwhile, fellow Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen will saddle up Kaboom in the Group 2 Champagne Classic 2YO Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, as the longshot in the field.



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