Tambo's Mate the punters' pal

Tambo’s Mate (by Mossman) backed-up from a Listed Race minor placing in Sydney seven days ago to land the $130,000, Listed, Tatts Recognition Stakes (1350m) on the Doomben racecard in Brisbane.

Ushered back to the Eagle Farm base of trainer Tony Gollan when the Recognition Stakes was postponed in Brisbane on the same afternoon as the Starlight was staged in Sydney, Tambo’s Mate exhibited admirable toughness by leading from start-to-finish after enduring his 2000km round road trip the preceding weekend.

Ridden to a very brave win by Ryan Maloney, Tambo’s Mate fought back in the shadows of the post to defeat Tumbler Ridge (by Spill The Beans) in second and Niccanova (by Nicconi) in third. Rubber-stamping the strength of the form is the fact that multiple winners Red Chase and The Harrovian finished in fourth and fifth position respectively.

Now the winner of 11 races and $716,825, Tambo’s Mate was winning the Recognition Stakes for the second time, having also landed the 2019 renewal. Last year’s winner of the Recognition was the aforementioned The Harrovian.

Tambo’s Mate gave Tony Gollan a double on the Doomben program after Queensland’s premier stable had celebrated the success of Capital Tower in the 2YO event over 1200 metres which opened the day.

Sent to post the $2.10 favourite, Capital Tower produced a strong finishing burst from just worse than midfield to maintain his unbeaten record after scoring on debut in mid-November. 

The expensive — a $600,000 yearling — son of Capitalist now boasts $81,700 in earnings, putting him well up in the pecking order for a start in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic run on the Gold Coast in January.

The Gollan stable was also to the fore when landing the $130,000, Listed, Classic Fillies & Mares (1200m) with Miami Fleiss (by Spirit of Boom) for its third win of the afternoon at Doomben.

A very progressive 4-year-old mare now with five wins from her first seven starts, Miami Fleiss proved to be too strong for Eloquently (by Poet’s Voice) in second and Kisukano (by Bel Esprit) in third.