He may be named after a landmark in the Scottish Highlands, but Tarbat Ness chose Wales as the destination for his first victory, scoring nicely under Tom Marquand in the final race of Friday evening.
This win has been a while in the waiting but he has run consistently for most of the season, with four placed efforts to go along with this success, and there should be more to come from him as he continues to mature.
Bred by Lawrence Wadey and Emma Berry, Tarbat Ness is raced by those two in partnership with Antony Harbidge and Trevor Deadman, who, like Lawrence, have been long-term supporters of this stable. It is lovely to get another win on the board for such loyal friends.
Tarbat Ness's dam Ethics Girl was a stalwart for Beverley House Stables in her racing days and we hope that her son becomes as tough and reliable as she was. She raced until she was eight and never took a lame step in that time. We have two more of her offspring to come into training in time: a two-year-old Bobby's Kitten named Moral Dilemma and a filly foal from the first crop of In Swoop.
In marking this win, we also remember our late fathers, David Collings and Claude Berry. David was a part-owner of Tarbat Ness until his death on 9 February of this year. Claude died four years ago and his racing colours of pale blue and pale yellow halves where then registered to Emma as her second colours and used for some of our syndicate horses. Tarbat Ness races in these specifically at the request of Lawrence because of their resemblance to the flag of Ukraine and his family ties to that country. Claude would have been delighted to see his old, lucky colours carried to yet another victory.