Locally bred, owned and trained Tandiki continued her terrific recent run at Tara Raceway with another powerhouse effort last Sunday when running down Sweet On Me for a 2½ lengths win in 29.66 seconds in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 m).
Bred by her trainer, Tracie Price of Compton, and owned by Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen, the daughter of Peter Rocket and Headline has now won five of her past six starts in best times of 29.66 seconds (512 m) and 34.90 seconds (600 m).
There’s certainly plenty of strength in Tandiki’s line – her granddam Raya Riot winning over 680 metres and Headline a winner over 595 metres, 600 metres and 660 metres. And her litter brother, Burn Time, has won up to 731 metres.
Speaking after last Sunday’s win, Price said he would continue to race Tandiki at Tara Raceway leading up to next month’s Exchange Printers Anniversary Cup (512 m).
“I’m keen to have another crack at the Anniversary Cup after winning it last year with Spring Cuervo,” he said. “Tandiki does get a fair way out of her ground early so if she did happen to miss out qualifying for the cup I’ve still got the one-off Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) to fall back on.”
With 56 Tara Raceway winners, 40 seconds and 35 thirds, Price currently holds a 39 points lead over David Peckham in the 2021 Ian Badger Leading Trainer award – many of his winners coming by way of stock bred at Compton.
“We have quite a few youngsters that should be ready for the John Reid Maiden Memorial (512 m) at cup time. Also for the Winter Classic (512 m) that will be run in August for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2019,” he said.
As far as breeding was concerned for Tandiki, Price said he hadn’t yet given a choice of sire a lot of thought although at this stage My Redeemer and Mepunga Blazer would be high on his list.