on the right tack

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on the right tack

Also, on the right track. Proceeding satisfactorily; also, following the correct line of reasoning. For example, He thinks the housing market is improving, and he's on the right tack there, or That's not exactly so, but you're on the right track. The first term alludes to the direction of a sailboat, the second to the direction of a path. The same is true of the antonyms, on the wrong tack and on the wrong track, indicating an erroneous assumption or course of action. For example, He's on the wrong tack for finding a solution, or The researchers were on the wrong track altogether when they assumed the virus was transmitted by mosquitoes . The expressions using tack date from about 1900; those using track date from about 1880.
See also: on, right, tack
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If the right tack implied anything more precise than the rest of Mr.
It was exactly the right tack but required a subtle, consensus-building approach to implement.
But he was also pretty adept at plundering big prizes on the Flat and he notched up a total of nine winners at Royal Ascot including the 1969 St James's Palace Stakes with Right Tack.
It was the first time since Right Tack in 1969 that a colt has won both Guineas and the St James's Palace in the same season, but Rock Of Gibraltar's season is far from over.
The last horse to win all three big races was Right Tack back in 1969 and Rock Of Gibraltar looks well up to equalling the feat judged on his two Classic successes.
We are direct-to-plate, but as we change plate manufacturers, it's nice to have someone that can help us have the right tack and the right performance ink that can allow us to accomplish what we are trying to do.
The first horse to complete the 2,000 Guineas double was Right Tack in 1969 and the statistics since then point to Haafhd's chance.
With only nine runners, there shouldn't be too many traffic problems and, hopefully, Rock Of Gibraltar can emulate the achievements of Right Tack more than 30 years ago.
Sir Alex Ferguson's colt will be trying to emulate Right Tack, who was the last horse to complete this treble in 1969 - and he looks well up to equalling the feat, judged on his two Classic successes.
I never won a Classic but Geoff Lewis and Right Tack only beat Tower Walk and me two and a half lengths in the 1969 2,000 Guineas.
Barling trained the best horse of the jockey's career, Tower Walk, who won the National, Norfolk (now Flying Childers) and Greenham Stakes and was second to Right Tack in the 1969 2,000 Guineas.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt bids to become the first horse since Right Tack in 1969 to add the St James's Palace Stakes (3.
Right Result left the champion trainer's yard in the summer but had long threatened to win a race and he did the job in style on just his second run for John Quinn, bolting up by six lengths in the two-year-old median auction maiden in the colours of the Right Tack Partnership, which has owned him from the off.
The five-length winner, who may be bound for Goodwood's Richmond Stakes, is owned by the seven-member syndicate Right Tack Partnership and we are likely to hear more of one of the group.
Now we'll know pretty soon whether we're back on the right tack, or still suffering a hangover from Euro 2000.