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  • Tar Very Much At Lingfield

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  • (3yo+, 6f, Class 2, 12 runners)
  • Winner £28,012 2nd £8,388 3rd £4,194 4th £2,097 5th £1,048 6th £526
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 8.75s
  • Off time: 14:02:21
  • Last Updated: December 18 2013, 20:15 GMT

Tarooq smashed the six-furlong record at Lingfield as he convincingly claimed a decent payday for new connections.

Gibbons: Pleased with Tarooq's performance
Gibbons: Pleased with Tarooq's performance

Making his second start for David Barron, he took the £28,000-plus first prize of the Compare Bookmakers at bookmakers.co.uk Handicap by a length and a half.

Off the pace in the early stages as Addictive Dream cut out a decent early gallop, Graham Gibbons brought the 7/1 winner with a brave-looking run up the inside rail, but once he saw daylight he quickly burst clear.

The likes of Hoof It and Lancelot Du Lac both looked to have every chance, but it was left to Hawkeyethenoo (5/1) to produce his customary late rattle to grab the runner-up spot.

Tarooq was winning for the 10th time in his career and may return to Lingfield for the final of the sprint event at All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday.

"He takes a while to warm up in his races but he knows his way round here," Gibbons told At The Races.

"You can't rush him off his feet, you have to let them come to him, but they played into his hands a bit when they went off at a good gallop.

"I knew he'd come on for his first run from us, but he's quite smart round here, isn't he? I think this is another step up from him."

The first six home all broke the previous track record which had only been set recently by Valbchek, suggesting the new all-weather series is having a big effect on the quality of runner.

North Yorkshire-based Barron added: "It was a good one to win today and I think you would have to look at Good Friday now for Tarooq. If the horse keeps right, it would have to be on the cards.

"I haven't had a look yet to see what our options are from here as we are in the hands of the handicapper and it is pointless trying to make a plan until we know what mark we are up to. He is probably going to go up to 104 or something like that.

"It might be the case if he went too high then he might end up in a conditions or Listed race next time but All-Weather Championships Finals Day is definitely on the agenda."

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