TROPICS at the age of ten keeps the rags to riches story going and last night won for the first time over five furlongs by two lengths at Chelmsford to record his eleventh career success!
Given a bold and confident ride by Robert Winston, the chestnut son of Speightstown broke well, grabbed the rail and made all, kicking clear in the straight to win comfortably in what was a decent 0-95 sprint. At the line he was two to the good ahead of
Nine of Tropics’ previous ten victories had been over 6f and this dual July Cup runner-up has always been a 6f specialist. However, there were no suitable 6f options and having won at the Chelmsford in January, the decision was made to let him take his chance over five furlongs.
He may have lost his way a little last year and as a result came down the handicap but his recent form figures since 30 November read 214-141 and clearly the oldest horse at Harper Lodge Farm is in great heart and enjoys his days out in Essex!
Tropics didn’t run until four but he has certainly made up for lost time over the years, although having missed the whole of 2016 through injury, he is still relatively lightly raced with just 40 runs under his belt. Besides four wins on the all-weather, he has won three times at Windsor while he has also won at Newmarket, Ascot and York.
While not the same horse as in his younger days, Tropics won off 95 yesterday and certain to go up a few pounds, he is likely to re-join the Harper Lodge Farm Hundred Club which currently boasts five horses.
It has certainly been a great few days for two of the stable favourites with Lancelot Du Lac winning his 12th race last Saturday and Tropics his 11th yesterdayl