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Simon Mapletoft on the AWC: Stable Tours – James Tate

| 30.10.2015

Tate has a dark horse for the 3YO Sprint Final and aims to gain valuable black type with classy filly Lamar.

Last season’s Fillies and Mares runner-up LAMAR spearheads the Newmarket handler’s winter team – but a second career in the paddocks beckons the adaptable daughter of Cape Cross. “My plan has always been to run her in the first Fast Track Qualifier, the Listed Fleur De Lys Stakes at Lingfield, and take it from there,” says Tate. “Her owner is keen to breed from her but she may have a few more big races in her before that decision is made.”

He had a tough decision to make ahead of Finals Day after Lamar had run with distinction over seven and a half furlongs and a mile and a quarter. He plumped for the Fillies Final in preference to the Coral Easter Classic and the plan almost paid off, despite a poor draw. “Ryan Moore gave her a cracking ride and might have won if the draw had been kinder. I can’t think of many horses that proved themselves at a high level over such diverse trips,” he adds.

Adham could emerge as another star performer. This speedy juvenile won on fast ground over five furlongs at Lingfield in June and supplemented that on firm at Bath a month later. He struggled in Listed company at York and in the Group Three Cornwallis at Newmarket when the ground went against him. “He’s all about speed and likes to run from the front so although he’s never run on the All-Weather I think he will be a natural on those sharp tracks and could be a genuine contender for the 3YO Sprint Final,” says Tate.

Urban Castle is on the hunt for black type after just missing out in the Listed Chalice Stakes at Newmarket in August. She has won twice on sand, over a mile and a half and a mile and three-quarters at Wolverhampton, and could make an impact in staying qualifiers off a mark of 96 before heading to the paddocks with Lamar.

Tate will also bring Sbraase back for a winter campaign following a summer break. “He got injured at Chelmsford in April so will come back a fresh horse. He loves Wolverhampton, winning there twice last winter, and also acted at Chelmsford but I don’t think he would enjoy running downhill into that bend at Lingfield,” adds the trainer.

A forgotten horse could be staying prospect Ruwasi, who has been sidelined for the past year by injury. “He sustained a tendon problem at Doncaster and I’ve given him plenty of time,” explains Tate. “He’s won twice over a mile and a half on turf and handles tight tracks. He’s a true galloper who I think will stay further and will be back on the track in December, all being well.”

Also back from a lay-off is Lady Moscou, who is “better than the average All-Weather horse”, according to Tate. “She’s had a couple of injuries but has form up to a mile and promises to stay 10 or even 12 furlongs. I’ve not been in a hurry with her but hope to get back in action in January.” By Derby winner Sir Percy, she was only out of the money once in seven starts as a two-year-old, winning a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham.



Simon Mapletoft

Simon has worked as a racing journalist since 1994 and can be seen regularly on the award-winning Sky Sports’ channel At The Races, presenting live horse racing from the track and the studio.
He is widely regarded as the leading expert on All-Weather racing, spearheading the coverage of the annual All-Weather Championships on At The Races. Simon will be contributing weekly articles on his best picks for the all weather action