Aug 18, 2017
Champion mare Tycoon Tara won the 2017 NSW Champion Sprinter Award at the NSW Racehorse Association event held at Randwick overnight edging out gun stablemate Redzel.
The title victory was the third year in a row where Snowden Racing has featured since commencing operation in May 2014, taking out NSW Champion 2YO of the Year with Capitalist (2016) and Pride of Dubai (2015).
The star mare who scored her final career win with a dashing front-running display in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) last season, finished her racing career with 10 wins (including the Group 2 Golden Pendant, Group 2 Missile Stakes, Group 3 Show County Quality (beating Le Romain), Group 3 MRC Mannerism Stakes & Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes) and 5 placings from 33 starts for $1,175,870 in earnings.
Bred by Victoria’s Tony Kruskha and Ross Piece and owned by Mr A L Krushka, Mr P E Brooksbank, Mr R P Mccann, Ms Y M Hinton, Mr R Y Pierce, Mrs D T Krushka, Ms F Long, and Mr J S Hall, Tycoon Tara is by Victoria’s Champion stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) out of Mosstara and hails from the family of Group 1 King's Stand Stakes winner and successful sire Godswalk (USA).
Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he always believed the mare would reach elite status and now heads in to the market as one of the most valuable broodmares in Australia.
"She's always had the ability to win a Group 1 fillies and mares race at set weights. It’s a very nice way to hang your hat on and to win the NSW Champion Sprinter Award is the cherry on the cake.
“I couldn’t be any more pleased for Tony and the wider ownership group. We asked them to be patient as we needed time to build her back up since she was transferred to us and that’s exactly what they did.
“Tara has rewarded us all handsomely as a result and become one of the most valuable broodmares in waiting. We’ll miss her.”
An accomplished trainer in his own right when he held a previous license, Krushka, who now focuses on breeding and owning racehorses, made the trip to Sydney with wife Donna, was overwhelmed with joy and pride.
“We are so proud of Tycoon Tara. We always knew she had a lot of ability, but she needed someone with that expertise to get her to the next level and the Snowden’s took her to that next level.
"We’re incredibly proud of what the team have achieved including the jockeys who rode her to victory, Kerrin, Blake and Josh - and now we look forward to her next phase of life as a broodmare.”
Tycoon Tara will be covered this spring by Woodside Park’s Group 1 winning star Zoustar.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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