TANGRAMM sported blinkers for the first time today at Wolverhampton and the 8yo son of Sakhee’s Secret came back to form with a smooth win under jockey George Downing.
The Roger Beadle-owned gelding, was one of 13 runners in the handicap over one mile one and a half furlongs and was well-supported from 33/1 into 14/1. He was drawn nicely in stall six and was settled in midfield by George as one of the market leaders, Double Reflection led the field at a good pace. Always travelling easily, the stable Trangramm made headway two furlongs out, was ridden over a furlong from home and went clear inside the distance to win by one and a half a lengths, going away.
This was Tangramm’s fifth success over course and distance and his 11th victory in 50 starts. He had been off the course for 292 days before his last run in mid-September at Chelmsford, when he unsurprisingly needed the outing. He clearly came on for the run, was well handicapped on his best form and definitely benefitted from the application of blinkers for the first time in his career.
While he did win on the turf last year for the first time, at Nottingham, he has always shown a liking for an artificial surface and was indeed All-Weather Winning Most Horse in 2015/16 when winning seven times. Inevitably, the handicapper will undoubtedly put him up a few pounds but if the blinkers work for a second time, who’s to say that Tangramm will not get his head in front again before the end of the year?
For whatever reason, the horses have taken time to come to themselves this year at Harper Lodge Farm and it’s been a frustrating summer for the yard. However, they’re generally running much better now and hopefully the yard can kick on from here and enjoy an Indian summer.