Rogers has big plans for Tango Ora after impressive win

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Tango Ora cruises to victory for jockey Daniel Staeck at Mt Barker Turf Club.
Camera IconTango Ora cruises to victory for jockey Daniel Staeck at Mt Barker Turf Club. Credit: Laurie Benson

Rising four-year-old Tango Ora returned in superb fashion at Mt Barker Turf Club on Sunday, scoring a dominant win in the Mario’s Fruit And Veg Handicap (1000m) for Albany trainer Roy Rogers.

Rogers has big plans for the talented Oratorio gelding, who was spelled in April after a three-year-old campaign that included consecutive midweek victories, and has now chalked up three wins at 1000m.

Backed into $3 favourite on the tote, jockey Daniel Staeck landed Tango Ora in front after jumping from gate one and carrying just 54kg they burst clear in the home straight to down Arrum Boy by 1¾ lengths while Rogers’ Tranquilla Sunrise was back in third beaten 5½ lengths.

Rogers was impressive with the effort resuming and said his galloper will start in Albany on November 18 before progressing to metropolitan grade at Ascot.

“He won well, he’s come back a much better horse,” Rogers said.

“He’s matured nicely and we’ve given him plenty of time.

“That was first-up, no trial, and he’ll go to Albany for a 70+ now and then head to town. We gave him a couple of extra runs last prep to see if he can get 1200m but he’s just so brilliant over the 1000m.”

You Watching Me gave Serpentine trainer Aaron Bazeley success in the Plantagenet Sheds And Steel Handicap (1100m) after Randy Tan got everything out of the nine-year-old late in the race to hold off the fast-finishing Fulzip.

Randy Tan (right) wins on You Watching Me over Fulzip.
Camera IconRandy Tan (right) wins on You Watching Me over Fulzip. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Rogers was denied a double at the opening meeting after outsider Majestic Man ($18) grabbed favourite Anna Amalia right on the post to win race 6 by a head.

Stewards had glowing praise for the MTBC after presenting a good 3 surface that played well throughout the day and there were no suspensions from the seven-race card either.

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