Double success for Keys at Cranbourne Cup meeting

Oct 14, 2012

The only way is up for At The Tap after the talented prospect broke his maiden in comfortable fashion one his home track in the Condo’s Horse Transport Maiden Plate (1000m) at Cranbourne.

His trainer Ken Keys thought enough of the son of Stratum to run him against the likes of Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard but admitted he may have pushed At The Tap too early.

“He has always shown us a bit and unfortunately, me being Ken, I went a bit early with him,” Keys said.

“He’s always had enormous potential. When you pull the brakes up, geld him and give him the bit of time that he needs, it helps.”

At The Tap showed his abundant potential in his first run for 31 weeks at Cranbourne. With jockey Nick Hall in the saddle, At The Tap settled behind the speed in a six-horse field before cruising to a comfortable 1-1/4 length win.

“It panned out all right in that sort of race. He’s developed into a really lovely horse,” Hall said. “He’s come into his own, he’s grown up and he’s ready to really make a good career of it.”

At The Tap began a Cranbourne Cup day double for the Ken Keys stable. First Course duly completed the team’s dual success when he fought hard to win the $20,000 Highview Accounting Services Handicap (1600m).

Dwayne Dunn took the ride on the Snitzel gelding in the Rating 68 event, positioning him in third spot until going for home at the 300 metres.

The four-year-old showed terrific fight late to stave off the challenges of the backmarkers to post his second win from 16 starts.

Congratulations to the owners of both horses.

Click here to view At The Tap’s maiden win or click here for a replay of First Course’s fighting win.

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