TROPICS rolled back the years in true style when winning at Wolverhampton tonight, his first win in twelve races and two and a half years for owner and trainer, Dean Ivory.
The former dual Group One July Cup runner-up justified 11/4 favouritism under stable apprentice, Jack Duern, in a 0-95 handicap over 6f, a trip over which Tropics had previously won seven times. The son of Speightstown was well drawn in four and although racing a tad keenly, he led a furlong out and ran on to win by one and a half lengths.
While Tropics may not be same horse once rated 117, he still retains plenty of ability. Admittedly, he was winning tonight off 88, 29lbs below his best ever rating but he still shows plenty of enthusiasm both on the gallops and on the racecourse and what a servant he has been to Dean Ivory.
His story is a remarkable one. A $280,000 foal, Tropics was resold as a yearling for $700,000, didn’t race at two or three and was purchased at Newmarket’s Horses In Training sale in 2011 for just three and a half thousand guineas.
Patience was the watchword and Tropics did not make his debut until September 2012. A winner over 7f at the third attempt, the horse went from strength to strength and went on to win at Windsor three times, York, Newmarket (twice) and Ascot in the Group Three Bengough Stakes.
Today’s win was the chestnut’s first success on the Tapeta and his first on the all-weather since he broke his duck at Kempton in October 2012. His win race record is remarkable with a strike rate of exactly 25%, his Dunstall Park success making it nine wins from 36 races while his earnings are just under £1/2 million.
What a fabulous horse to own and train!