Tampering Triumphant in the Midway With a Little Help From Above

Aug 24, 2021

It was with a heavy heart this week we had to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our stable track work rider, Deanne Pinney.  Everyone at Kembla Grange and beyond is feeling the loss of 'Blondie', who was a true, natural and gifted horsewoman.  She dedicated her whole life to horses in the racing industry and also in the show ring.  The hole that is left in our little Kembla family will never be filled quite the same, but we will hold on to all the special memories forever more.  Thank you for everything, Deanne.  Rest easy.

And so Saturday came, we had the two runners lining up to contest the Midway (Tampering) and the G1 Winx Stakes (Think it Over - who we are so proud of after his run on Saturday) and what an emotional day it was for all.

Tampering took his place in the 1600 metre Midway race at Royal Randwick, jumping from barrier 6 and with jockey, Brenton Avdulla taking the steer.  Tampering jumped very well and was able to take a leading position to challenge for the lead, after having to challenge 3 wide for a short time.  He was able to keep a rails run leading up to the turn and seemed to be travelling sweetly for Brenton.

The field strung out over the race with about 15 lengths or so covering the field and, at the turn, Tampering kept his rails position and commenced his run home.  There was about three or four horses who were closing in on Tampering's lead, and it seemed for a moment that they may just have him, but Tampering had another idea.  

Tampering gave a good kick at the 100 metres and was able to keep the challengers at bay, securing his second win this preparation from two starts, beating home Foxborough in 2nd and Canyonero in 3rd!

It sure seemed that Tampering had a little help from above over the last 100 and that Deanne was up there willing him home.

We would like to send our congratulations to Deidre and Alex for another superb win with Tampering.  He has matured into a lovely horse and we are all so happy for you.

Thank you Brenton for a great ride and we are so pleased to hear that you will be okay after your nasty fall later in the day.  We hope you have a speedy recovery and are riding winners again soon.

Lastly, thank you to my staff for all you do day in and day out and to stable owners, friends and the horse racing industry who have been so kind to reach out and offer their condolences.

Thank you to Bradley Photos for the picture.