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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:

Winning on Derby day - it tastes good! Photo:

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: 

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.