Hall's yard loaded with nice young prospects

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am

David Hall has come out steaming this season, with seven winners in the opening 11 meetings, including unearthing some very nice types, and Tarrega looks a promising prospect after an encouraging debut fifth behind late-fancied stablemate Wasabisabi in the Class Four Elizabeth Arden Handicap (1,200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Tarrega was scooped up for HK$3.5 million by the successful owner Sidney Chiu at the Hong Kong International Sales in March and came into the event as a co-fifth pick in betting at 10-1 with two progressive trials.

The four-year-old copped a sharp bump from Team Work soon after a sluggish break from gate three, mustered to hold a position worst than midfield and on the fence approaching the 800m, straightened three deep, but short of room, shifted five wide off the heels of Mighty K at the 350m, had to angle seven wide to the outside of Hot Asset at the 200m and let down nicely to finish up 23/4 lengths behind stablemate Wasabisabi in fifth.

The gelding will come on for this run and will be in the market as a leading chance when next stepping out.

Tarrega hails from a superb maternal line, which reads a who's who of Southern Hemisphere racing as his second dam is a half-sister to Danewin and Commands and his unraced third dam is a sibling to standouts Octagonal, Kaapstad, Mouawad, Diamond Lover and Marquise.

His dam, Taimana was a six-times winner up to 1,200m, including the Group Two Avondale Concorde Handicap, and is a half-sister to the successful Hong Kong performers Beethoven and Berio, who were also campaigned in the easily noticeable big red star and white colours of Chiu.

The good-looking 1,138 pounder's sire is Dehere, an Eclipse Champion Two-year-old in America in 1993 and the sire of 20 winners from 33 starters in Hong Kong, chiefly sprinters, though his best local product was the middle-distance performer Ain't Here.

Tarrega has the pedigree to be something useful up to a mile and has the pedigree to handle both surfaces.



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