Day At The Track

Tapp's decision comes after Saturday

06:58 PM 07 May 2014 NZST
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Chariot King - will race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night

Evergreen pacer Chariot King will race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night and trainer John Tapp is hoping the autumn form of his stable star continues. Since the beginning of March Chariot King has had seven starts for four wins and the only time when he failed to place was in the Gr. 1 Len Smith Mile when he finished a respectable fifth behind Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion winner Beautide.

"He hasn't put a foot wrong recently, the barrier draw played against him in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith and it was a similar story in the Len Smith Mile as well," Tapp said.

"His final 400 metres would have been pretty slick in the Len Smith, he made ground on the winner and after the run I must admit I was pretty tempted to give him a ten day break but he is absolutely thriving so we have pressed on."

With the Queensland Winter Carnival only two months away, the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake are two logical targets that could tempt Tapp to head north.

"After Saturday night I will sit down with his major shareholder Peter Welsh and we will discuss what options we have but to be honest I haven't even considered on where to go or what races he could compete in."

"He has been doing cartwheels around his yard, he is feeling extremely well at the moment but there are a couple of smart horses engaged on Saturday night and he won't get things easy from barrier seven."

Tapp ensures Chariot King does a lot of swimming to keep fit between runs.

"He is such a good eater that I have to keep an eye on him because he can get away on me so quickly, he normally gets an easy day after racing but apart from that I have to ensure he gets plenty of work and that includes an extensive swimming programme."

Chariot King will compete in race five on Saturday night with the event scheduled to begin at 6:50pm.

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

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