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Horse Racing: Tun weighted to uphold family name; RP RATINGS.

Byline: Sam Walker

TOUGH sprint mare B Grade raced 48 times over five seasons with John Balding and, after owners Tom and Olive Tunstall retired her to stud, went on to produce some of the most prolific sprinters in recent years.

Her most successful progeny include Listed winner Tom Tun, all-weather specialist Henry Tun and Matty Tun, who landed the 2003 Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh, and between them the trio have clocked up 37 wins.

Tom Tun and Matty Tun have failed to add to the tally in 2006, but eight-year-old Henry Tun has enjoyed his most successful season to date with four victories, and he bids to add to that in the Handicap (1.10) at Southwell today.

The gelding has six wins over course and distance and his lifetime best Racing Post Ratings of 68 and 69 were achieved on the track in May 2003.

Balding's gelding has looked close to his best this season, with RPRs of 63, 64 and 65 for his three wins at Wolverhampton, which include a handicap success off an official rating of 58, and he holds an obvious chance today if he can run to that sort of level off a mark of 52.

The main worry for Henry Tun is his recent form, as he disappointed behind Mystery Pips on his final start of the summer and was in trouble early on when returning from a five-month break on his penultimate start behind Desert Opal at Wolverhampton, eventually finishing ninth of 11.

He clearly needed the run that day, however, and put in an improved effort last time, when he broke on terms and travelled well but was forced to race five wide round the bend and was unable to make up ground in the straight. He should improve for those runs and has managed to bounce back to his best after below-par efforts in the past.

Orchestration is also well treated on his best form and he went close off the same mark of 47 last time, finishing third to Bodden Bay over six furlongs. He has yet to win outside banded company, however, so it's worth keeping faith in the B Grade dynasty.

Today's bets

Henry Tun

1.10 Southwell Conditions suit

Manly Money

2.50 Ludlow Nap

Had a nice profile when trained by Paul Nicholls, with a best RPR of 131. Promising start for new trainer last time out, when he moved within a length of the leader before being brought down three out, and can make amends in this lower grade.

Wodhill Gold

3.30 Wolverhampton Solid chance

Course and distance winner who arrives in solid form after a couple of placed efforts over shorter trips at Southwell. Remains on an official mark of 47, and a repeat of recent RPRs could be enough in this grade.


Manly Money: can make amends for unlucky run last time
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2006
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