Tale To Tell continued the winning run for Falkirk on Wednesday’s Group 1 card at Ellerslie. The Jeff McVean trained filly broke through in the NZ Herald Maiden over 1200 metres.
Tale To Tell (3f Falkirk – This Time Rodney by Casual Lies) is bred to keep improving with racing. Her dam won four races up to 2100m and is from the extended family of The Bandette (Noble Bijou) who won Group events up to 2400m on both sides of the Tasman.
Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat) stands at Windsor Park and he was a class sprinter defeating Grand Armee and Private Steer in the G2 STC Theo Marks Hcp and Glamour Puss in the G3 VRC Gilgai Stakes.
His promising gelding Durham Town has arrived on the big stage at Ellerslie this season winning the G2 Concorde Stakes in December and G3 Darley Plate last Saturday.
Trainers Dean and Donna Logan knew Durham Town had enough speed to win the Darley Plate and now they know he has character as well. He was pushed into the running rail and dislodged the jockey after colliding with Australian sprinter Atomic Force in the G1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham earlier this year.
It followed his unlucky run in the G1 Railway Stakes on New Year’s Day when he was hampered by a wide draw. But he showed he had come through those tests by beating Vonusti and Kitt And Miss on the weekend.
Dean Logan said Durham Town wasn’t the same horse when he got back from Trentham. “He was a bit quiet and it took a while to get his bounce back. We decided to gallop him between horses and that gave him and us a confidence booster.”
Durham Town (4g Falkirk – Durham Walk by Marju) could be set for a trip to Australia. “It’s very hard going over there with a sprinter,” Logan said. “You would feel a lot more confident knowing your horse can get a mile.”
In Australia, Falkirk has sired 9 winners from 11 runners and in Hong Kong the strike-rate is just as good with 5 winners from 8 starters. He has Fay Fay among the leading contenders for the G1 Hong Kong Derby later this month.
Falkirk recently completed a successful sales series at Karaka where his yearlings sold to $140,000 and averaged $52,278 in the Select session.