John Tapp is looking forward to the coming months with his recent stable addition Pocket The Dream.
Respected trainer John Tapp is looking forward to the coming months with his recent stable addition Pocket The Dream after a winning performance at Tabcorp Park Menangle earlier this month. Tapp received an unexpected phone call from owner Norm McCloy several months ago leading to the arrival of the five year old at his stables.
“Norm and his wife Margaret have raced horses for years in Queensland and Victoria with plenty of success and I was fortunate enough to receive a call out of the blue from Norm and he said he was going to send me a three year old called Whata Escape,” Tapp said.
“The McCloys purchased Pocket The Dream soon after, a former kiwi trained by Brent Mangos, and he is one of the nicest horses I’ve had at my place in a while, he is beautifully gaited, has great manners and has a very professional attitude to his work.”
Pocket The Dream will compete at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night but Tapp acknowledges the son of Dream Away will have his work cut out for him after drawing barrier seven.
“The McCarthy trained Im On Target has drawn gate three and is going to take a lot of beating however Pocket The Dream’s preferred style of racing is with cover so hopefully he can get a nice run somewhere midfield.”
“Win, lose or draw on Saturday night you would have to think with a good draw he would be winning his M0 before too long, it is just a matter of him adapting to the style of racing at Menangle.”
Tapp was forced to scratch stablemate Chariot King on Saturday night but has confirmed there are no long term problems with the dual Gr. 1 winner.
“He actually threw his near shoulder out and that created some hind end issues which will be corrected with the help of a chiropractor, as a result he has missed some work and won’t be seen for a few weeks, the good news is that the problem has nothing to do with the issues the gelding has suffered from in the past.”
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