Thompson nudges closer to 4000 wins

ROBERT Thompson’s big race run of successes continued at Armidale yesterday when he won both the Thunderbolt 2YO and the Wild Oats Wines Newmarket Handicap (1100m).

The Cessnock jockey had won twice on the program before he jumped aboard Tableaux in the Newmarket.

A win in the Thunderbolt on the John Ramsey-trained Unknown Destiny was followed by a win with the Todd Howlett-trained The Rundown.

Then followed Tableaux, Thompson’s 3989th winner.

Tableaux had returned from a spell with a good second to Floral Insight at Grafton on February 28.

Lightly raced, with two wins from 15 prior to yesterday, the son of Lonhro showed he is a sprinter on the way up.

“We’ll have to keep Toddy at home more often,” Robert Thompson joked after unsaddling.

Trainer Todd Howlett was suffering with a bad dose of influenza and unable to make yesterday’s meeting but was bucked up by his winning double.

“Todd does a great job,” Robert Thompson added.

“All his horses look great.”

Thompson says Tableaux is a horse on the way up.

“He’s come back stronger and thickened up,” he said.

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