Champion Stakes Next for Tapit's Unbeaten Love Tap

Mark Smith - Saturday September 26

This looked a far from a vintage edition of the Group III Precise Air Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill, which boasts a remarkable roll call of winners, however the bold-striding Tapit gelding Love Tap looks an untapped talent after keeping his record at a perfect four for four.

Four from four for Love Tap (Steve Hart)

Seasoned with wins in a maiden at Nowra and two romps at Goulburn, the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained grey controlled the race from the front under Nash Rawiller to defeat the Pride Of Dubai colt Street Dancer by one and three-quarter lengths with the royally-bred Deep Impact x Miss Finland colt Bucharest a short-head back in third.

Love Tap is favoured to keep his record intact in the $500,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 10.

“I didn’t expect Nash to lead. I said to Nash don’t let the leaders get too far away. He took that a bit literally,” Richard Freedman said.

“I was happy to see him out there. They would have to run some good sectionals to run over him.

“He only does what he has to. He is a pretty relaxed track worker and a pretty relaxed horse generally.”

Purchased by Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt B/stock (FBAA) for $110,000 out of the Coolmore draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Love Tap was foaled and raised at Coolmore and is one of five winners from as many to race out of the Forestry mare Smokey’s Love.


r two disappointments with Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (USA), Smokey’s Love headed back to the US in February after her worth increased many fold when her daughter Fighting Mad (New Year’s Day) added the Grade 1  Clement L Hirsch Stakes to her wins in the Grade II Santa Maria stakes and Grade  III Torrey Pines Stakes.

Love Tap a $110,000 Magic Millions Yearling.

Fighting Mad is a homebred for Gary and Mary West who also bred Love Tap to a southern hemisphere covering by the multiple champion sire Tapit.

 Smokey’s Love comes from the family of 2005 Florida Derby winner High Fly and multiple Group III winner Estimraar.

Love Tap becomes the 136th stakes-winner for Tapit (Pulpit).


Race Result - Gloaming Stakes Gr3 1800m

Rosehill Track: Good(3) Time: 1:48.89
Love Tap
T: R & M Freedman J: N Rawiller 56.5
3g Tapit (USA) x Smokey's Love (USA) (Forestry (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bstock (FBAA)
Street Dancer
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 56.5
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Danehill Smile (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Pride Of Dubai
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Anthony Cummings Tbreds/Colm Santry Bstock
MM National Weanling Sale $210,000
V:Coolmore Australia Jerrys Plains NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
3c Deep Impact (JPN) x Miss Finland (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: J G Sargent J: S Clipperton 56.5
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Lady Kipling (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $230,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Aquis Farm / DGR Thoroughbreds / Sargent Racing
Easy Campese
T: J G Sargent J: J Penza 56.5
3c Sidestep (AUS) x Up And Over (AUS) (Oratorio (IRE))
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 56.5
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Lady Circles (AUS) (Ascot Knight (CAN))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley
B: Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 56.5
3c Pierro (AUS) x Bobine (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
MM National Weanling Sale $115,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds Buckley Vic
B: James Harron Bloodstock
T: John Thompson J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
3c Headwater (AUS) x Honesta (AUS) (Monaco Consul (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $100,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Greg De Vries
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 56.5
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Griante (AUS) (Good Journey (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $800,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Aquis Farm / Bester Bloodstock
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