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Tamarack ATamarack In Fine Form

Redwood gelding Tamarack heads back to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the A$120,000 Summer Handicap over 2400m and looks certain to start a warm favourite in the small field for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and the Proven Thoroughbreds group of owners.

Tamarack has been a model of consistency during this campaign with a win at Warwick Farm and four placings from his past six starts and his fitness should see him very competitive in Saturday’s race which has now been reduced to five runners after three withdrawals since acceptances were taken.

A five-year-old gelding from the first crop of Redwood, Tamarack was bred by Australian identities Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales and was a $90,000 purchase by Jamie Walter of Proven Thoroughbreds at Karaka. Tamarack was syndicated by Proven Thoroughbreds with his breeders taking up an offer to stay in the horse after he was sold.

Redwood will also have his stakes placed son High Mode running at Moonee Valley tonight as he prepares for the A$290,000 Jericho Cup over a marathon 4600m at Warrnambool on 2 December. The Jericho Cup was the brainchild of Victorian philanthropist Bill Gibbons, who will sponsor the race through the Warrnambool Racing Club. The Jericho Cup will commemorate the race run in 1918 on the desert sands of Palestine, just outside of Jericho, between Australian and New Zealand troops during World War I.

The race will only be eligible for horses bred in Australia and New Zealand.

The make-up of the field will be determined by runners earning points in races over 3000m or more on the flat and also in feature jumps races the Great Eastern Steeple and the Grand Annual Steeple. High Mode guaranteed a place in the final field by winning the Wagga Riverina Cup over 3800m which is one of the qualifying events for the Jericho Cup.

Also heading for the Jericho Cup is the Westbury bred Gold Medals who runs in Saturday’s Listed Sandown Cup over 3200m. Gold Medals has also confirmed a spot for the Jericho Cup after winning the Grand Annual Steeples earlier in the year. Gold Medals has mixed his flat and jumping with good success and boasts good flat form heading into tomorrow which will see him a good chance in the staying feature.

Pictured: Tamarack.

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