Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ smart Tavistock colt Tavisan made a hugely impressive start to his Australian career when he ran away to win at Cranbourne.
A powerful colt prepared at Caufield by Mick Price, Tavisan was purchased at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale by Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan for $135,000.
Like all the Ontrack purchases in New Zealand, the colt was broken in and left in New Zealand to grow out and develop.
“We like to give our Kiwi purchases all the time we can on the magnificent pastures over there because they grow great bone on farms that are perfect for developing a young thoroughbred.
“Young Matamata trainer Jacob McKay broke the colt in for us and he was so impressed with him that he encouraged us to aim him at the Karaka Millions at Ellerslie.
“Basically, little went right for him in four starts there and he struck a couple wet tracks which he hated.
“He showed his ability when fifth in a listed race at Matamata followed by a nice effort at Group 1 level at Ellerslie, ” said Grant Morgan.
“Since getting here he hasn’t missed a beat, winning two trials and then scoring first-up at Cranbourne.
“Tavisan strikes me as a brilliant colt and he might be like Tavistock and be a sprinter.
Tavistock was a son of Montjeu and was actually his fastest son around the world, clocking 1.21 over 1400 metres in winning a Group One in New Zealand.
“The other thing that makes me thing he’s like his old man is a dislike of rain affected footing and he was able to win at two.
“This colt could be a candidate for a race like the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington in the spring, but we will take our time and let Mick develop a plan once the dust settles,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack followers would have noticed that Tavisan didn’t sport the usual Ontrack gold livery. That’s because the Dubai-based thoroughbred investment fund Phoenix Bloodstock purchased a significant interest in the horse as a yearling and he’s the first horse to race for Phoenix under Ontrack management.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Adrian Abrecht, Jim Lagos, Lewis Prince, Eric Newsome, David Worthley, Vin Harink, Mark Snowden, Mark Ostermeyer, Neil Evison, Mark Horn, Lisa Saxton, Bebe Mawer.