Day At The Track

Tapp expects King To Improve

10:46 AM 04 Sep 2013 NZST
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Chariot King flanked by trainer - John Tapp and driver Glenn McElhinney.

Talented pacer Chariot King will return to Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night a week after resuming from a spell and trainer John Tapp is expecting an improved performance at his second run back. Chariot King looked set to finish second behind Suave Stuey Lombo turning for home but tired in the straight and finished fourth.

"He blew the house down on Saturday night when he returned to the stables but he recovered quickly and I am expecting he will derive huge benefit from his first run back," Tapp said.

"Blake (Fitzpatrick) said he thought he was going to run second on the turn as well but his condition gave out and he just weakened the last little bit, normally I would give him two trials before taking him to the races, I gave him three trials this time but I think he actually may have needed one more now that he getting older."

Tapp confirmed driver Blake Fitzpatrick would be the regular reinsman for the son of Badlands Hanover this campaign.

"I spoke with Blake about taking over the driving, he wasn't committed to a horse at the time and he indicated his availability."

"Blake has actually been a part owner in the horse from the start of his career but he hasn't had the opportunity to drive him very often, it is quite bizarre that he has driven him so infrequently."

The main target for Chariot King this campaign will be races like the Newcastle Mile with Tapp admitting it is going to be extremely difficult for the gelding to force his way into another Miracle Mile.

"It is going to be a lot harder to get into the Miracle Mile, there will be no spare spots and with talented horses like Christen Me targeting the race it won't be easy."

"Ideally I think a race like the Newcastle Mile would be the perfect target, Chariot King races very well at Newcastle and he wasn't far away in the Newcastle Mile earlier this year, he actually won his very first start at the track in 2009."

Harness Racing New South Wales

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