Delta Tango broke her maiden in scintillating fashion on Sunday June 20 over 1500m at Bendigo. Bendigo has been a happy hunting ground for the Mitch Freedman team in the past 6 weeks, registering 3 winners at the track from the previous 4 meetings. Following an impressive trial at Tatura, Delta Tango was full of confidence heading into her first run of the preparation and raced accordingly.

Delta Tango ridden by John Allen wins the Catanach's Jewellers Maiden Plate at Bendigo Racecourse on June 20, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

After drawing wide, trainer Mitch Freedman and jockey John Allen formulated a plan to settle towards the rear and allow the filly to find her rhythm. Allen explained post-race Delta Tango “relaxes and does everything right, giving herself every chance.” Allen peeled out to be the widest runner approaching the turn and allowed the filly to balance up and lengthen towards the line. “Strong speed in the race ensured we had a cart into the race, (Delta Tango) built into the race strong and finished off great.”

The daughter of Dissident has overcome some minor setbacks in previous preparations, adding substance to her first career victory. In her first racing preparation at the end of 2020, Delta Tango had two starts, including a placing over 1700. Delta Tango has certainly benefited from her previous racing experience and has returned a well-furnished filly, who mentally and physically is putting it together as a racehorse. Syndicated by fantastic supporters of the stable McGrath racing, Freedman was thrilled to tick off the maiden with this filly.

Freedman is optimistic for Delta Tango’s future and feels she can measure up at metropolitan level, believing with a “set of winkers or blinkers and she can be really competitive.” We look forward to following the progress of Delta Tango this preparation and let’s hope there are more wins to come.