James Tate Stable Tour

    Newmarket trainer James Tate made an explosive start to the All-Weather Championships in 2015 on his way to posting some of the most impressive statistics in the trainers’ table. Tate may not have stable star Lamar to rely on this winter, but still boasts a strong squad of well bred young horses to go to war with.
  • Thursday 27 October 2016
  • Stable Tours

A policy of quality over quantity served James Tate well last winter and the young Newmarket trainer is planning a similar approach to the fourth annual All-Weather Championships.

Tate, a fully qualified equine vet, couldn’t have made a bigger impact on last season’s opening day, winning both Listed features at Lingfield including the Fleur De Lys Stakes, a Fast Track Qualifier for Good Friday, with his stable star Lamar.

She followed up that mile victory with another Fast Track success at Wolverhampton in November, this time over seven furlongs, and further proved her versatility by making the frame against the boys in the Listed Quebec Stakes and Winter Derby Trial over a mile and a quarter at Lingfield.

By Easter, Tate had saddled 18 winners from 80 runners on the All-Weather at an impressive strike rate of 23%. In fact, in the top 20 only Saeed Bin Suroor (34%) and Roger Varian (26%) bettered that strike rate, though it must be noted that both trainers saddled fewer runners.

This winter Tate has assembled another strong team of well bred talent, several of them capable of targeting some of the biggest prizes and emulating the achievements of the remarkable Lamar. He will also introduce some young, unexposed types in maidens and three-year-old handicaps in the New Year.

“It was great to win both Listed races on the opening day last year with Lamar and Urban Castle,” he recalls. “Lamar was brilliant all winter and, all being well, will give birth to a Frankel foal in January. Urban Castle didn’t run again after winning the River Eden Stakes and is in foal to Kingman.”

Tate, son of Yorkshire-based trainer Tom Tate and nephew of the great Michael Dickinson, has enjoyed a healthy return at most of the All-Weather venues, but is clearly the man to follow at Southwell. In the last five years, he has honed a 27% strike rate that has yielded a level stakes profit of £19.69.

His strike rate at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton is a healthy one in five and he is looking forward to exploiting as many opportunities as possible at Britain’s newest All-Weather venue, Newcastle. “It’s a fantastic, fair track that suits gallopers, and I’m looking forward to sending plenty of runners up there,” he adds.

Here, in the company of Simon Mapletoft, Tate spotlights some of his key contenders for the 2016/17 season.

Horse profiles

Best Laid Plans

  • 5-y-o; brown filly
  • Breeding: Diktat - Najraan (Cadeaux Genereux)
  • Trained by: J Tate
  • Last Race: Newcastle, 14 Oct 2016 20:50
  • Result: 2/6, prominent, ridden over 2f out, 2 lengths down inside final furlong, stayed on well final 75 yards, unable to challenge
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“She has run some fair races at Wolverhampton and Newcastle without yet getting her head in front, though she has been a beaten favourite a couple of times. She hasn’t run beyond a mile but was coming back at the winner at Newcastle over that trip in mid-October and might be worth another try back there. She should get further, ideally a mile and a quarter, and though she’s ordinary can certainly win little handicaps at that sort of trip.”

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Coronation Day

“She has a sales entry but if she doesn’t go or make her reserve I will continue with her through the winter because she will win races. She showed a really good attitude again to win a seven-furlong handicap at Kempton earlier in October when she overcame a bad draw and defied an 8lb rise. Before that she won a handicap at Thirsk and has figures on the All-Weather of 221. Being by Bahamian Bounty she’s the type who could improve again as a four-year-old.”

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Gold Sands (IRE)

“I’m aiming to start her off in the Listed Fleur De Lys Stakes that Lamar won last year. It’s a Fast Track Qualifier for the Fillies & Mares Final on Good Friday, which, if everything goes to plan, could be her target. There is still a possibility that she could go to the paddocks in the New Year but if she performers well I’m hoping her owner Saeed Manana will be happy to keep her in training. She’s had a light year but won over the extended mile at Wolverhampton in August and was second in a Listed race in Germany last month. She’s progressive, stays a mile and a quarter like Lamar and won’t be short of opportunities.”

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“This filly has only had one run on the All-Weather, winning over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford back in April, but may begin her winter campaign back there. She’s won on turf at Nottingham since and, with a rating of 92, could easily improve enough to make her mark in some of those valuable Middle Distance races. She’s very consistent on a good galloping track and I’ll be disappointed if I can’t get some valuable Black Type for her before she goes to the paddocks.”

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“She won three of her first seven starts on the All-Weather, looking better than ever in a six-furlong handicap at Chelmsford recently. That was her second win over that course and distance and she’s also won over the same trip at Wolverhampton. She’s in the sales at Tattersalls but, like Coronation Day, will continue to pay her way off a mark of 82 if she doesn’t make her reserve and comes back to me.”

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Mayasa (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Iffraaj - Lanzana (Kalanisi)
  • Trained by: J L Flint
  • Last Race: Kempton, 7 Nov 2017 19:45
  • Result: 12/14, mid-division, headway 7f out, challenged 4f out, led over 2f out, soon headed, weakened over 1f out
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“Another filly who enjoys the All-Weather, Mayasa has proven herself over a mile and a half this year. She won her maiden over a mile at Southwell last December but stepped up in trip to win a Wolverhampton handicap in the summer. She’s only ever raced on artificial surfaces and has the scope to improve off a workable mark of 80. She’s very versatile, having been placed at Lingfield, and might just be suited by the big galloping track at Newcastle.”

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Mukaabra (GB)

“Off her mark of 88 I’m convinced there’s more to come from this filly, who is unbeaten on the All-Weather. She won over seven furlongs at Lingfield on debut in February and has followed that up with handicap wins over a mile at Kempton and Wolverhampton. I’d like to keep her going through the winter to boost per profile for stud, as she’s still only a three-year-old. She was very professional at Wolverhampton and travels well through her races. I put the cheekpieces on her for her last two successes and they’ve definitely helped her. She also holds an entry in the Fleur De Lys Stakes but Gold Sands is the one I’m most likely to run in that.”

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Multicultural (IRE)

“This filly is very nice and shows me a lot at home. The plan has always been to start her in a fillies’ maiden at Newmarket before going onto the All-Weather. She’s talented enough to win first time out but if she doesn’t I expect her to win on the Polytrack or the Tapeta at the second time of asking.”

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Via Via (IRE)

“Via Via hasn’t run on the All-Weather yet but has just come back from two and a half years off so I’m keen to keep him going now. He showed promise as a two-year-old, winning on debut at Ripon for Clive Brittain and then running in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. He’s had knee problems since then but showed me at Newmarket in September that he retains plenty of ability. He was third over seven furlongs that day and will come on considerably for the run. He’s off a nice mark of 80 and I plan to run him again on turf before switching to the sand.”

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“This colt had been working well enough at home to make his presence felt in a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden the other day but wasn’t disgraced, keeping on to be sixth of 13 after being too keen for his own good early on. He’s a half-brother to several winners including Muhtaram and Faraajh and is talented enough to win on the All-Weather at the first time of asking. A very nice horse.”

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