Newmarket Saturday Review: Madame Tantzy doubles
A pick-of-action review from Saturday’s Newmarket reunion where Madame Tantzy recaptured last year’s victory.
Rigid finish is suitable for Madame
History repeated itself in Newmarket on Saturday as Madame Tantzy rallied tenaciously after being headed for back-to-back victories in Close Brothers Premium Finance Fillies Handicap.
After making a timely comeback to Goodwood on her previous start, the five-year-old coached by Eve Johnson Houghton, who returned to 3/1, followed that victory with a fighting display to record successive wins in the prize of the mile.
Although overtaken by eventual finalist and 13/8 favorite, Mobadra in the last quarter mile, the Champs Elysées mare fought near the line under Georgie Dobie to score a length.
Dobie said: “I did well for this family because I won out of the three they have in training at the moment.
“We weren’t going fast at the start and the boss said to let her find her rhythm and I was done running but it was fine with her. She took the lead but fought back. She is very playful.
“I think the steep finish here suits her and she needs every moment of this trip. She was fresh and good at home and she was coming here with good luck.
“It was good to do the job.”
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The old adage of horses for lessons is quickly starting to apply to Equiano sources, who has three wins in as many visits to Rowley Mile beating Spring Bloom by three quarters in the Close Brothers Handicap by six meters.
Tom Tate, winning coach said of the 11/2 winner: “This is his third victory here as he won this race two years ago and it is the third time that Tom (Queally) has won. on him therefore he knows the horse well.
“We’ve had a lot of work with him and we’re trying to load him up late on the track and cool him down at home, but it’s the 10th race he’s winning now.
“The Rowley Mile has always been a lucky track for me as we’ve won Cambridgeshire here and all kinds of other races.”
Former coach Ken Ivory received a timely boost after Sadiqaa, which he owns with Ian Higginson under the Amigos Partnership banner, won by a neck in an entertaining finish at Close Brothers Asset Finance Handicap across seven stages.
Higginson said of the 14/1 winner coached by Clive Cox: “Only me and Ken Ivory own the horse. He’s been feeling a bit bad lately, so this is definitely going to give him a boost.
“He won his first start in a very impressive way and after that he had eight races without winning and Clive said there was something wrong.
“He had a wind operation and he came back and was third at Leicester and he was refreshed and showed what he can do today.”
Mellow yellow carried the Queen’s colors to glory building on her second Newcastle debut 12 days ago to defeat newcomer Peripatetic by a neck in the opening of the Close Brothers Motor Finance British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Dubawi’s filly victory in the mile prize may have come at a cost, Haggas said, after the 11/4 favorite was dismantled shortly after the winning line.
Haggas said: “She did well to win but it looks like she suffered a fracture which would be a real shame as she is a beautiful filly.
“Looks like she’s going to take a trip because she’s a good one that stays but she’s a very authentic filly and she proved it today because she had a problem and still managed to win.
“We were still going to step her up in the trip after Newcastle but she wants to cut into the ground.”