Jun 01, 2016
Queensland Oaks-bound filly Tap This overcame adversity in the run to win the The Avenue Benchmark 80 Handicap (2200 metres) at Gold Coast on May 28.
After jumping well from barrier 4 for Luke Rolls, the stunning grey daughter of leading USA sire Tapit took up the running with a comfortable lead until she struck trouble with a passing horse mid-race which resulted in a severe check off heels and major loss of momentum.
Once Rolls had her balanced up in the home straight, she fought back in remarkable fashion to out- gun Coastal Gem and Legsman by a nose in a most exciting finish.
The win also earnt Tap This a berth in the $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2400m), which will see her partner with Christian Reith on a seven day back-up to join stablemates Falkenberg (Blake Shinn) and Self Esteem (Tim Clark) in the Group 1 classic at Eagle Farm.
“Not many horse’s come back from a check like that in the run, so it’s testament to her character that she picked herself up and chased down those leaders the way she did.
“The Oaks is a huge jump in class but I think she’ll get the 2400 and we’ve always been very fond of her ability,” explained co-trainer Paul Snowden.
Team Snowden have been performing extremely well in Queensland since the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival commenced, highlighted by victory in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (Snippets Land), and Group 2 BRC Sires Produce (Attention) with near misses in the Group 1 BTC Cup (Dothraki) and Doomben 10,000 (Charlie Boy).
This Saturday at Eagle Farm sees Snippets Land (Blake Shinn) line up in the Group 2 QTC Cup, promising Smart Missile colt Jericho (Blake Shinn) tackle the Listed Phoenix Stakes, and as mentioned earlier the three fillies in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image Courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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