Promising New Zealand bred colt Tavisan is off to the spelling paddock after a successful first foray into Australian racing.
Tavisan heads for a spell after setting a break neck tempo in the Caulfield Guineas which was won by boom colt The Autumn Sun.
“He was a bit wound up when he was being saddled on Saturday and was a bit keen walking around the yard,” said Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
“He raced like he was over the top which is reasonable given this was his first Australian preparation and his fifth start this time in.
“Personally I feel he is more a 1200m-1400m horse. He might stretch out to 1600m when he is more mature. In hindsight we asked too much of him in the Caulfield Guineas.
“Tavisan is one of the fastest gate horses I’ve ever had. He is so brilliant away, it’s very hard not to use that speed and let him flow.
“He’s not your typical Tavistock. He’s more speed than stamina. Ironically that was really also the case with Tavistock. Although he was by Montjeu, Tavistock was brilliantly fast over 1200m. He won at Group 1 level over 1400m before stretching out to 1600m later,” said Morgan.
Like Tavisan, the Caulfield Guineas also proved a bridge too far for his father Tavistock. He finished 15th (beaten 20 lengths) behind Whobegotyou in 2008.
Despite the Caulfield Guineas failure, Tavistock went onto to score twice at Group 1 level over 1400m, before stretching out to win over 1600m in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington.
Tavisan arrived in Australia in May commencing his first racing preparation under Caulfield trainer Mick Price.
He was an impressive Cranbourne maiden winner on the 26th of July.
Tavisan then graduated to stakes grade running a narrow second at Listed Level in the McKenzie Stakes (1200m) behind undefeated boom colt Brutal.
Stepping up to Group 2 level at his third Australian start, Tavisan was a close up third in the Danehill Stakes (1200m) down the straight at Flemington.
Stepped up beyond 1200m for the first time at his fourth Australian start, Tavisan was runner up at Group 3 level behind Native Soldier over 1400m at his first start at Caulfield in the Guineas Prelude.