TRAINER Joe Soma has bought any number of well-performed “cheapies” in his career, and three-year-old colt Tendre has been added to the list after he recovered his purchase price within just two runs, winning a competitive Maiden Plate over 1450m on the Classic Track at the Vaal, Tuesday.
Tendre ran on well under Anton Marcus to defeat Scott Kenny’s fancied runner Air Force Legend and the Mike Azzie-trained favourite, Pajama Party, and looks set for a good career.
“I can’t take all the credit for this one,” said Soma on Wednesday. “My girlfriend Sandy Wilson from Imagine Racing really liked Tendre at the 2015 CTS August Sale. She was a huge fan of his sire Dan De Lago when she worked for Charles Laird and has been following his few offspring.
“I had a look at Tendre, liked him too. Later at the sales we had a drink with Ian Longmore, who wanted a horse in the yard so Ian and Dean Hayman took shares with us. Tendre went for R45,000, a bargain from a really nice sale. Mike Azzie and Adriaan van Vuuren bought their Thekwini Stakes winner Querari Falcon from the same sale for R90,000.”
Dan De Lago, a son of Encosta De Lago, stands at The Alchemy on lease from Klawervlei Stud and Soma said: “His foals are worth having a look at. Dan De Lago went quirky late in his racing career but his blood is good.
“Tendre also has his quirks, but he’s a beautiful strong horse and I think in time he will see out 1800m, 2000m plus. I will sit down and map out his next three or four runs, he could be one with a future.”
Tendre is the fourth foal of the Al Mufti mare La Bella, a half-sister to the dual Graded winner Avion Wood from the family of the erstwhile Terrance Millard aces, Right Prerogative and London Fog.