Tango dances his way onto Italian Cup honour roll

Tango Tara made a belated return to the winner’s stall at Melton on Saturday night when he led all the way in the $25,000 Del Re National Italian Cup.


Favourite backers were delivered an early broadside at the meeting when the $1.60 chance Perfect Class galloped after appearing to be tightened heading into the first turn and settled down at the rear of the field.

Meanwhile, Kate Gath was allowed to dictate the terms of the race to suit herself on Tango Tara as the leader was joined by stablemate Yambukian before increasing the tempo with a 28sec back straight quarter.

In the run to the line, Tango Tara ($9) was untroubled to score by three metres from Yambukian, who provided trainer Andy Gath a feature race quinella.

The win was the eight-year-old's first at headquarters since April last year.

"It is really good to get a win with him finally as he's knocked on the door a few times but hasn't quite got there. Drawing two in the random barrier draw made all the difference," Kate Gath said after the race.

Gath acknowledged Tango Tara hasn't won out of turn in recent months.

"He tends to go best in faster mile rates. He's a bit of a funny horse as he doesn't win as often as you think, but I thought he was good tonight and it's probably the biggest winning margin he's had for a while," she said.

"He generally knocks off the last little bit or has one get to him."

Gath said Tango Tara was unlikely to join exodus of pacers heading north for the Queensland Constellations at Albion Park later this month.

"We'll just stay here as he earns just about every time he goes around - even from bad draws - and you can't complain about that," she said.

Tango Tara has now exceeded $350,000 in stake earnings and the win was his 16th career success which has been punctuated with 37 placings.