JAMES TATE came within a neck of a first Classic victory when Hey Gaman was touched off in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp last May and collected over £700,000 in prize money in Europe in 2019 and as Spring arrives the Hamilton Road trainer has plenty to enthuse about as the start of the Flat turf season looms.
Hey Gaman could well be on his flurries on the other side of the Channel after a possible reappearance in the Listed Richard III Stakes at Leicester on April 27 and last year’s Group 3 Pavilion Stakes winner Invincible Army will once again be looking to give his rivals their marching orders in the Sprint division.
Tate notched up 41 winners on the domestic front last term and already has 11 winners in the bag in 2019 with an impressive strike rate of 26% and With Caution gave him another notable landmark when providing him with his 300th winner in just over seven seasons with a licence when successful at Lingfield in January.
The likeable Kyllang Rock is back in the fray after his 2019 season was curtailed through injury after a run at the Curragh last May and there are several in the three-year-old pack at Jamesfield Stable that could be contesting black type plus races.
James said: “We have got a lot of decent horses and the question is where they are going to stop. Hopefully, they will win a few nice races before they stop and we can get our share of winners on the board.”
James kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his main prospects for the what looks like being a typical busy year ahead.