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Tamarack ATamarack in for a Good Preparation

The Joe Pride trained gelding Tamarack signalled he was in for a great preparation when he resumed at the stand alone meeting at Hawkesbury on Saturday and won the A$125,000 Ascend Signs Handicap over 1500m in determined fashion. 

Tamarack appeared to be ‘off the bit’ for the entire race, but kept coming under Jay Ford and defeated the Chris Waller trained So You Win (So You Think) and James Cumming’s Harmattan (Street Cry) taking his stake earnings past the A$300,000 mark for Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds and his group of owners.

By Redwood from the Redoute’s Choice mare, Tamarack was a $90,000 yearling purchase at Karaka for Jamie Walter and has won 6 of his 25 starts with a further 9 placings to his credit, and should be perfectly placed in the middle distance races which come up in Sydney over the next few months.

Quite remarkably Tamarack’s win provided another ‘feather in the cap’ for super broodmare Imposingly who just last week left her fifth individual Group winner when Lord Arthur took out the Valachi Downs Championship Stakes at Ellerslie. Tamarack’s dam Our Squeezer (Redoute’s Choice) was Imposingly’s first born, winning twice from 7 starts for Stephen Mckee and finishing fifth in an Eight Carat Classic as a three-year-old.

Our Squeezer has a two-year-old filly by Declaration of War heading to Phillip Stokes at Pakenham, and Exosphere yearling colt, and is infoal to So You Think. The mare has a weanling colt by Pierro who will head to the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale in January.

Tamarack’s win on Saturday continued a ‘purple patch’ of form for the progeny of Redwood with Rock on Wood winning the Listed Anzac Mile at Awapuni on Thursday, the Ciaron Maher/David Eustace trained Cedar Grande winning at Cranbourne on Friday evening, and to top off the weekend Grant was a deserved winner at Blenheim yesterday.

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