Trainer Chris Waller is expecting Tangled to handle the week to week back up when he lines up in the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Tangled showed that he was getting back to his best with a last start fourth to Arataxia when he had to carry the top weight of 60.5kg in the Listed $125,000 Schweppes Dulcify Quality (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.
“He wasn’t suited by the weights and he had a chequered path in the straight,” Waller told AAP.
“That race hasn’t taken anything out of him. If anything it’s helped him. He looks good, he’s a good strong colt.”
“What he did as a two-year-old was pretty special in terms of he wasn’t quite ready for it. He was an immature horse.”
“He’s a more mature horse now. His run on Saturday was the run of a winner.”
Tangled showed plenty of potential during his two year old season with a win at Wyong before taking out the Group 2 $175,000 Moet Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Tangled has drawn in close at barrier two with Blake Shinn taking over from Hugh Bowman who is heading to Melbourne on Saturday to ride Waller’s champion mare Winx in the Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Tangled is firm in the betting for the Spring Champion Stakes at $5 with Ladbrokes.com.au behind last start Gloaming Stakes winner and runner up Ace High at $3.30 and Sanctioned at $4.80.
The David Payne trained Ace High was strong at the end of the 1800m after leading all of the way to beat Sanctioned in the Group 3 $200,000 James Boag’s Premium Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill on September 23.
Ace High has drawn nicely at barrier four with Tye Angland in the saddle again while Sanctioned will have to overcome the outside gate with Kerrin McEvoy replacing Bowman.