Tango Rain scores again in Sydney

Manhattan Rain is assembling a strong group of rising 3YOs for Spring racing and one of them, Tango Rain underlined his readiness for the challenge with his second Sydney win on Saturday.

The powerfully built colt got the best of the start, speared to the lead and, despite the windy conditions, bowled along easily in front before going clear to score by 1.3 lengths.

The quality of Tango Rain’s performance was underlined by the good efforts of the next four horses who completed an Arrowfield-sired first five.  Thronum (by Snitzel) recovered from a slow start to claim second and Arrowfield’s own runner Hair Trigger (by Smart Missile) powered home from the rear for third, with Decorated Soldier (by Snitzel) fourth and the first filly home, Tickling (by Not A Single Doubt), a brave fifth.

Watch Tango Rain’s second win at Canterbury.
Read: Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney.

Tango Rain’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “That was pleasing. That was a handy little race here today and he did everything right, got out and controlled it then kicked strongly. They’ve got options going forward.”

Those options include the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1 over 1400m at Rosehill on 10 September but Tango Rain’s trainer Gerald Ryan isn’t sure that’s the best race for the Teeley Assets home-bred.

Ryan said, “He’s one of my better ones, he’s a nice horse, always has been, he’s always been an easy horse to train.

“But about the Golden Rose; I’m not sure, I’ve got a question mark about him, the way he’s built and there’s plenty of other races you can go to.”

A future stallion career for Tango Rain (ex Tango Fire by Anabaa) is already being considered by Ryan and Teeley Assets. It’s a subject they know something about, given their former charges include Manhattan Rain himself, Redoute’s Choice, Hurricane Sky and Snitzel. 

A happy consequence of Tango Rain’s victory was a novel photo opportunity for legendary Sydney racing photographer Martin King, honoured by the Australian Turf Club with the 2YO race named the Happy 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap. Most often active on the other side of the camera, he’s pictured here (right) after presenting the victory ribbon to Gerald Ryan.

Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney

Manhattan Rain has left smart 2YOs in each of his three crops but statistics show that his current juveniles are his most precocious yet.

The Teeley Assets colt Tango Rain made his contribution to those figures with a strong debut win over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday.

He jumped well from the gates and joined Fanning and Regenesis in a contest for the lead which he won, held comfortably and then extended with a good burst of speed to score by a length from the fast-finishing Golden Organic. Fanning held on for third, 2.3 lengths further back.

Watch Tango Rain’s debut win at Canterbury.

Tango Rain started at double figures but his performance didn’t surprise trainer Gerald Ryan, who has previously trained Group winners Rubick and Lucky Raquie for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen. 

Ryan said, “His work on Friday morning was exceptional, he worked against an open class horse and gave it a three length start and beat it by three lengths in really good time. Great debut. He’s a nice horse this horse.”

Tango Rain is the third winner out of city-winning 2YO Tango Fire (by Anabaa), and a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (by Redoute’s Choice).

He’s also Manhattan Rain’s fifth winner from 18 juvenile runners this season, after Scarlet Rain (ATC Sweet Embrace G2), Speeding Comet (also stakes-placed in Perth), the Teeley Assets home-bred Inspired Estelle (at Sandown on 4 June), and Hanover Square (successful last month at Kembla Grange).

All five are in leading stables (Gai Waterhouse, Simon Miller, Mick Price, Peter & Paul Snowden and Gerald Ryan) and more can be expected of them with further maturity next season. The Lady Trainer’s latest reports on Twitter indicate that Scarlet Rain is already working well over 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Manhattan Rain is among this season’s top six Third Crop Sires with Australian earnings of more than $2 million, to which his 2YOs have contributed a handy $430,000.