A rejuvenated Tally scored his first win in over twelve months with an upset victory in the Group 3 $150,000 Sharp Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) at Randwick today.
Trainer James Cummings was excited to get an instant result after he put the blinkers back on Tally who was sent out of as one of the outsiders of the field at $26.
Winning jockey Tim Clark had Tally travelling smoothly in the middle of the pack and stuck to the rails when heads were turned for home.
Clark persevered with the inside and after tracking up behind the leader, found a split and Tally dashed through to record a three quarters of a lengths win over the Wendy Roche trained Nettoyer ($9.50) with Rising Red ($19) just grabbing third placing ahead of the winner’s stablemate Interlocuter ($5.50).
The sensation of the race was when the likely leader and $4.80 favourite Arbeitsam missed the start and instead of setting the pace was forced to settle at the tail of the and never threatened to wind up in eighth spot.
Today’s win was Tally’s first since claiming victory in the Listed $300,000 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (2400m) at Mornington in March last year and the five year old could be heading to Wagga for the Listed $160,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on May 4.
“We might try and win the Wagga Cup with him. There are few options but I like the idea,” Cummings said.
“He has been going alright at home and we have just mixed things up a little bit with him, his gear and his work and brought here very fit.”
“He is deep into his campaign now and it is great to see the old fellow recapture a little bit of form.”
“They set a solid pace and very proud of his effort and it was a really solid win.”