Tangled set to take on Queensland

The Waller stable team for the Queensland Winter Carnival continues to be assembled with two-year-old Snitzel colt Tangled winning at the Australian Turf Club’s meeting at Wyong on Wednesday and set to join Monday’s Canterbury winner three-year-old Encosta de Lago gelding Waynaka for a trip north.

Tangled was the $3.40 favourite for the $40,000, Volvo Commercial Vehicles Newcastle Handicap (1350m) and there was support for Bidwee and Our Mantra. These three then fought out the finish of the race leaving the rest of the field to their own devices.

It was not quite as straight forward as that, however, with Tangled and Brenton Avdulla having barrier ten to deal with which left them camped wide, first behind Our Mantra and Blake Shinn on the rails and Bidwee and Tommy Berry outside, and second three wide outside these two.

Entering the main straight Tangled was level with inside pair and the colt then put in a solid display to reach the line with a neck margin even with Avdulla having to straighten him from wanting to drift in over the concluding metres.

Bidwee (Fastnet Rock) and Berry were a further long neck ahead of Our Mantra (Sebriing) and Shinn in third.

The time was 1.21.41 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.62. Tangled paid $3.80 on fixed odds landing wagers that included $1,000 at $3.80.

“When the tempo dropped mid-race I was able to come up around them before the corner and he was full of running. He got there after doing a few things wrong late,” said Avdulla.

“He did not do it the easy way and he was never going to with that barrier around here. But I think class prevailed and he is a horse who is looking for further than today’s trip and I did not think it was that detrimental sitting that wide and he really attacked the line,” said Charlie Duckworth, racing manager for the Waller stable.

Duckworth said that Tangled would head towards the $600,000, Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 10th.

“Everyone would be delighted, but it is a long way from here to there,” he cautioned.

Tangled is out of the New Zealand Oaks winner Bramble Rose (by Shinko King) so the extension to 1600m should not trouble the colt at all.

This was his third race and maiden win earning a stake of $37,700 for connections Mr N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T Greenhalgh, Mr R Smith, Matthew Sandblom’s Horse Ventures, Mr I Bruce, McEnnis Racing Pty Ltd, Mr F W Mitchell, Henry Field Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr I M Lilburne, Ms E M Weston, Mr R L McKay.

Brenton Avdulla, leading the Sydney jockey premiership, picture