IT doesn't rain often at Mount Isa - annual average rainfall around 424mm. However 6YO gelding Tango Rain trained by Jay Morris has more than compensated with five consecutive wins at Mount Isa since April 11 - all ridden by Dan Ballard.
By Manhattan Rain - a Group 1 winning half-brother to champion sire Redoute's Choice - from the winning Anabaa (USA) mare Tango Fire, Tango Rain was bred and originally raced by Teeley Assets (also breeders of Redoute's Choice and Manhattan Rain). Placed with Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan, Tango Rain showed early potential with two wins from two starts as a late 2YO and then followed up immediately at his next start by running second to Star Turn in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill.
All up, Tango Rain started 24 times for Ryan as a 2,3 4 and 5YO for three wins and seven placings before he was on-sold privately in August last year by Teeley Assets to prominent Mount Isa owner Andrew Saunders who placed him with trainer Jay Morris. Andrew's father is long-term bookmaker Graeme Saunders while his mother, Lenore, previously owned 2015 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Le Chef trained by Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen.
Beginning with a third in a Class 3 race at last year's Birdsville races, Tango Rain then won consecutive races at Richmond and Cloncurry. After a four months spell, he was then sent south to Darryl Hansen for two unplaced runs in Brisbane before returning to Mount Isa to begin his five-race winning streak. "We brought him back to Mount Isa with this year's Battle of the Bush series in mind however Racing Queensland scrapped it because of the COVID-19 restrictions," Andrew Saunders said.
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