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Stabell talk 2023

She's a real bonus

Tambora Queen stays in training, that's good!

Keeping Tambora Queen in the stable for another season must be seen a very nice bonus. Not because she is likely to win a Group race in 2023, but simply because it must have been so tempting for her owners, Stall RH, to retire this fine mare to the paddocks – or for a commercial breeder to buy her and do the same. Her days in the breeding should come, no doubt about that, but not quite yet. This daughter of Breeders' Cup winner Outstrip has been an excellent servant over the past couple of seasons, with a current record of 4 wins from 24 outings.


Two of her wins came in 2022, when she managed the unusual feat to win handicaps as early on in the season as April and as late on as November. Not many horses manage to show winning form both in the spring and in the autumn, especially handicappers. It is more common for such a thoroughbred to have one good spell, either in the first couple of months of the campaign, in the middle part, or late on in the racing year. Actually, developing and campaigning horses that are competitive all season long has been one of Annike's strongest qualities. She had Tambora Queen ready for the Amolo Handicap over 1600 metres / dirt on opening day, and the race was won by 4 ½ lengths - a great start, not just for Tambora Queen but for the entire team. It was the beginning to a season to remember, as she outclassed race favourite My French Dream with some ease. Tambora Queen was racing off 79 on her reappearance, and that was her handicap mark also when she rounded the season off with a win in the Funinthesand Handicap over 1750 metres over the same track in mid-November. This was not a similar stroll though. Once more ridden by Jacob Johansen, she fought on to the winning post to prevail by half a length after having been hard pressed by Buckyboy. Interestingly, My French Dream was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths while receiving 2kg from Tambora Queen. She was giving that same rival 3kg when the met seven months earlier.


Her November win meant that Tambora Queen was raised to handicap 81 in the end of season rankings, which is 2kg below her career best, recorded after her visually impressive debut. She made the frame five times in between these two successes, performing well both on turf and dirt. Dirt racing may be what suits her best but, if at all, she's not far behind her dirt form when racing on the lawn. She captured the valuable Energima Derby Mile over 1600 metres on turf in 2021, absolutely hammering the strongly fancied Yellow Submarine by 5 lengths. Her runner-up was odds-on to win the contest, having performeed so well to be third behind Iron Butterfly and Takeko in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas on her previous outing, but she had no chance when Tambora Queen quickened away at the business end of the Derby Mile.


Can Tambora Queen follow up this year, as she is now aged five? There's every reason to believe that she can. She ended '22 on a high note and she has clearly been thriving on her racing. Many horses step up another notch at five. The late Charlie Whittingham was one of the first to argue that horses are at their best when they are five years old, and that it is wrong to push them hard when they are young. It has also been interesting to note how well five-year-olds have fared in European Group races over the years. Tambora Queen's breeding gives mixed messages when it comes to how she may develop as older horse, though nothing suggests that her current age will work against her. Her sire, Outstrip, was first and foremost a precocious runner but his most famous son, Melbourne Cup (G1) winner Gold Trip, definitely improved with age – taking the famous 2-mile handicap at Flemington when he was six. Tambora Queen is out of the unraced Dudley Queen, an Excellent Art mare that has also produced Poet's Dawn, a winner of eight races, including two aged seven last season.


Roar Hoel purchased Tambora Queen for just 14,000 guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket - another example of how it is possible to recruit talented runners within a sensible budget. There must be breeders wishing they had bought her, and now keeping an eye of this mare but, as mentioned initially, 'not quite yet'.  GS 310123

Derby Mile '21: Tambora Queen breaks through / hesteguiden.com

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Closing day '22: Tambora Queen in top form.

Opening day '22: Tambora Queen in top form.

Final day - final winner

Tambora Queen wraps it up nicely

17 Nov 22: It would hardly be appropriate if the final raceday of the season had gone into the books without a winner from Skoganstallen, and that was never going to happen – of course it wasn't. Although, judged by how the punters saw it, that winner did come from a somewhat surprising stall.


Tambora Queen, who was making her eleventh start of the season, fought off a late challenge from Buckyboy (a winner of three races this term) for a very game half-length win in the Funinthesand Handicap over 1750 metres. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, Tambora Queen raced in fourth place early on, was forced to go three wide on the home turn, and delivered a sustained run coming down the home straight. She went by the longtime leader Hampus G with about 200 metres to go and ran on really well under pressure to win at just under 12-1. Tambora Queen gained her fourth career win and she has earned 358,805 kroner for her owners, Stall RH. Her handicap mark has now been raised back up to 83, which is her career best. She's not a high end stakes performer but she sure deserves full praise.


This was Annike's 16th winner at Øvrevoll this year, giving a nice 21% strike rate from 75 starters. As if by magic, Tambora Queen provided the stable's first success of the season when winning on opening day '22 and she also became the stable's last winner of the season on closing day, in what has been some campaign for Annike and her dedicated team. Tambora Queen appears to thrive in the autumn, by the way, she won on her last start in 2021 – when beating I Apple at good odds in late October.


One down - more to follow!

Tambora Queen gets the ball rolling

21 Apr 22: What a way to start the new season! Tambora Queen was an explosive winner on opening day - slamming the race favourite My French Dream by 4 1/2 lengths under jockey Jacob Johansen. A week and a half earlier, trainer Are Hyldmo told Øvrevoll Galopp's Birger Christensen that My French Dream - a half brother to Swedish Dream - is a horse he had fancied quite strongly before injury ruled him out of the 2021 Derby, so this four-year-old is obviously held in high regards. Let's not get too carried away here - after all seasonal debuts are just starting points to the new campaign, but Tambora Queen proved so much the best, beating My Swedish Dream as if he is just another handicapper. Something he may prove not to be. Tambora Queen's  winning margin could have been greater and she was the undoubtedly star on the first raceday of 2022. With seven rivals behind her, and a massive 28-length spread from first to last, her performance was more than just visually impressive. She stopped the clocks in 1.41.6. The day's two other winners over the distance recorded 1.44,7 (Skytale) and 1.46.7 (Precious). Whichever way you look at this - Tambora Queen's third career win was a run that makes us look forward to seeing what she can actually achieve this season. GS

Tambora Queen winning hard held. Photo: hesteguiden.com

Winning on Derby day - it tastes good! Photo: hesteguiden.com

Stabell talk 2022

Tambora Queen - dirt, turf? A bit both perhaps?

Stall RH's game filly Tambora Queen is preparing for her third season at the track and, while we know that she is a talented runner, one question lingers; is this daughter of Outstrip going to prove best on turf or dirt? She won on both surfaces last year. Her turf win came in the more high profile race, as she absolutely crushed the opposition in Energima Derby Mile on Derby day in August. Yes, the race was worth considreably more and she sure looked smart on the day, but a closer look at the form, compared to what she did when successful on the sand towards the end of the season, indicated that it was her dirt success in late October, not her win over the lawn on the biggest day of the season, that was best. The jury may still be out, but if her dirt win was her best performance, well who's to complain? Nobody connected with a young, progressive filly closing her three-year-old campaign off on a high note have ever complained, nor gone through the winter with anything but warming hopes. We should not trigger too high expectations here though, after all Tambora Queen is not in the same league as stakes performers – but her win in the autumn did come in what can safely be called a 'key race' – an event form students mark down as a source of future success. She beat I Apple by a quarter of a length, with Monjazaat 3 ½ lengths further adrift in third place. It was Tambora Queen's last race in 2021, with Elione Chaves aboard she signed herself in for a well deserved winter break. What happened next with those she beat? What happened next was that I Apple and Monjazaat clashed again in a similar contest in November, filling the first two places, albeit in reverse order, in a race where Seeyouincourt took third. Sound form indeed, and one of two nice boosts to Tambora Queen's form. Even Quelle Eleganze, who finished last behind Tambora Queen, came back and won on her subsequent outing.


Tambora Queen's win on Derby day was gained at the expense of Yellow Submarine, Azzardo and Ravaillac. The second and tird did litte for the form in their upcoming starts, while Raivaillac won twice at Klampenborg in the autumn – it may or may not have been relevant.


So there you have it, Tambora Queen beat overmatched rivals on turf and she battled home by a much narrower margin against rivals who went on to confirm the form when winning on dirt. Perhaps she is one of those invaluable runners who is equally effecive on both surfaces. Her pedigree tells us little about any potential for dirt racing, though what has never been tried isn't necessarily unlikely to work. Her sire was a high class juvenile on turf, and he is a son of the top class turf sprinter Exceed and Excel. Her dam, Dudley Queen, is a daughter to top class turf miler Excellent Art. Dudley Queen never raced, but she has been a good broodmare. She is also the dam of Poet's Dawn (Poet's Voice) a winner of 6 races in the north of England, where he was successful on turf at York, Beverly and Ripon. Furthermore Dudley Queen is the dam of Nathless, a winner of two turf races at Øvrevoll, both over 1600 metres. He was runner-up on the all-weather track at Wolverhampton in England as a two-year-old, and perhaps he could have done well on dirt as well – like his half sister Tambora Queen, a filly with several options this coming season. GS 280222

Young talents providing quick fire double

Tambora Queen and I Rest My Case rock solid winners

28 Oct 21: Two of the stable's young horses lit up this late October evening. Juvenile filly I Rest My Case, previously an easy winner of Norsk Mestersskap for 2-åringer, followed up with another comfortable win in Norsk Rikstotos Oppdrettsløp. Tackling 1600 metres on the dirt track, the daughter of Deceptor never looked in any danger as she came home a length in front of Queen of Antarktis, who had been her runner-up also in Norsk Mesterskap. Cornelia Hartsman was in the saddle, as Stall Ella's talented young filly earned 60,000 kroner. The year older Tambora Queen had already been on the podium when this happened. She won the first race on the night, a 1600 metres Noviseløp, which she captured under Elione Chaves, taking the race in really determined style by a quarter of a length. I Apple finished second and Monjazaat was third home in this race. Annike has kept the winners coming in recent weeks, in what has been quite a remarkable autumn for the stable. With just two racedays to go before the season is over, it almost feels like we would like this flow of success to continue all the way up to Christmas. Then again, if Christmas comes early, what's left to complain about? Nothing at all. GS

Tambora Queen, daughter of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, producing a game performance to beat I Apple . Tambora Queen is now a winner both on turf and dirt, and she looks a progressive filly.   Photo: hesteguiden.com 

Comfortable Derby Mile win

Tambora Queen breaks her maiden in style

22 Aug 21: Tambora Queen picked the right day to make her first entrance to the winners' circle as she broke her maiden tag in Energima Derby Mile, a 3yo event worth 100,000 kroner to the winner. Stall RH's well bred filly was many an expert's choice in previews to this race and the only surprising aspect to her comfortable success was that she returned over 4-1 on the tote. Ridden by Jacob Johansen – who partnered her also when she ran sixth in the Derby Trial two and a half weeks ago – Tambora Queen proved far too good for the short priced favourite Yellow Submarine, a filly coming off a third place finish in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, where she was beaten by Iron Butterfly and Takeko. The Danish trained Azzaro finished third in the Energima Derby Mile. Tambora Queen travelled strongly all the way. She sat in third place going around the bend, while Yellow Submarine tried to make all. She kept on well in front but Tambora Queen cruised up to her and quickened effortlessly ahead just below the distance. From there on and in it was only a matter of 'how far' and the winning margin was in the end 5 lengths. GS

Tambora Queen - winning with plenty in hand.

Stabell talk 2021

Tambora Queen - untapped potential

A half-sister to Nathless, a winning miler who ran third in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas, Tambora Queen raced three times as a juvenile last year, when she was trained by Tina Smith. All of her races came on turf, while she shortened up in distance each time. After a third behind Zeraphine and Ravaillac over 1370 metres in July, Tambora Queen ran fourth to Zeraphine in the prestigious Eivind Eckbo Legats Vandrepokal over 1170 metres the following month. Likeable performers No Lie and Yellow Submarine filled second and third that day. Tambora Queen's final outing at two, a maiden event over 900 metres, saw her taking fourth place behind Noble Justice, who passed the winning post three lengths in front of her. Given her breeding, it was quite interesting that she displayed sufficient speed to be competitive over such a short distance. While Nathless is a son of top class middle distance performer Nathaniel, Tambora Queen is by Outstrip, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) over a sharp mile at Santa Anita Park.


Tambora Queen's dam, Dudley Queen (Excellent Art), never raced. She is well related though, being a sister to Lucy The Painter, a Listed placed winner of five races, and a half-sister to Harvest Queen (Spinning World), who won two Listed event and became the dam of Helene Happy Star, a high class performer in Hong Kong after being exported from England. Further down the page of this family we find the third dam Queen Helen, a Listed winner who was placed both in the Sun Chariot Stakes (G2) at Newmarket (now a G1 event) and the St. Simon Stakes (G3) at Newbury. Queen Helen was a half-sister to the top class stayer Sought Out, a mare that is best known as the dam of Epsom Derby (G1) winner North Light and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) winner Gamut. This is an excellent family. It has also produced top class performers like Golan and Tartan Bearer. 

Tambora Queen's sire Outstrip. Breeders' Cup Photo.