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One of Queensland’s most improved sprinters, Tambo’s Mate, will launch his summer carnival campaign on his home track at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Tambo’s Mate will step out for the first time since a joint injury ruled him out of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the winter when he tackles a slick field in the Swiss Ace Plate over 1000 metres.
The five-year-old - who drew a horror barrier 14 for Matt McGillivray - has not started since finishing seventh to Victorem in the Group 2 Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm on May 23.
Tambo’s Mate went from winning a maiden at the Sunshine Coast in February last year to winning a Stakes race in the Listed Keith Noud at Doomben nine months later.
He then went on to winter success this year, claiming the Group 3 BRC Sprint over 1200 metres at Doomben in May which earned him a shot at the Stradbroke Handicap.
Trainer Stu Kendrick was disappointed when Tambo’s Mate was ruled out of the Stradbroke Handicap with a joint injury.
“Luckily it wasn’t serious when he wrenched a joint but he had to have a couple of months out,” Kendrick said.
“He’s been in work a couple of months now and he trialled nicely when he ran third recently.
“His work has been good and he goes well fresh and likes racing on his home track.”
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Kendrick will target the Group 3 George Moore (1200m) at Doomben on December 5 with Tambo’s Mate before hoping to gain a wildcard entry into the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets at the Gold Coast in January.
“He’s only had the one soft trial and he’ll improve a lot after this run but I’m expecting him to run well,” Kendrick said.
“But you never know with horses how they’ll go when they come back from an injury until they’re put under pressure.
“This isn’t his grand final and he’ll be a lot better for the George Moore and the option then is to find a wildcard race into the Magic Millions.”
Tambo’s Mate is regarded as a Corbould Park track specialist with three wins and a second from four starts, while his first-up record is just as good with two wins and a second from four starts.
He also has started three times over 1000 metres for two wins and a second.
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