Last start winner returns to favourite track
Ontrack’s high-class sprinter Tavisan returns to his favourite track at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The son of Tavistock is down to return to Moonee Valley in the 1200 metres Open Handicap and he heads to the races off a spectacular return to winning form at Caulfield.
Tavisan scored his fifth win when defying the day’s racing pattern at Caulfield when he was the only leader to win on a day when a strong headwind proved the demise of most on pace horses.
Tavisan has drawn perfectly in gate five and will again have the services of talented jockey Ben Melham at the Valley.
Melham has ridden Tavisan in seven races for three wins and two placings.
“Ben is our preferred rider in Victoria and he showed his skills when winning that last race at Caulfield,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan.
“He made sure the horse enjoyed a couple of easy furlongs into that strong wind at Caulfield and then he allowed the horse to slide out to the middle of the track turning for home and found the lane where the horses were winning.
“The return to Moonee Valley will also suit the horse as he’s run four times on the track for a win and two placings, all over tomorrow’s distance.
“The 1200 metres trip is as far as he wants but around Moonee Valley is probably a lot easier than many other tracks and he always seems to give his best at the track and distance,” said Grant Morgan.
Perhaps one of Tavisan's best career performances was when runner up in the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes over the 1200m journey at Moonee Valley.
The winner on that occasion was subsequent Group 1 winner and now stallion, Brutal.
Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior are happy with the horse’s progress since his Caulfield win and they given him plenty of variety to keep him keen.
Mick Price said Tavisan jarred up a bit after the Caulfield win so the stable took measures to allow him to recover.
“He went to the farm and had a week on the water walker following that win and then we’ve brought him back to Caulfield this week and he’s had a couple of nice gallops to ensure his fitness is up to the mark,” said Mick Price.
“Just to mix things up we took him out to Sandown on Wednesday morning for a nice gallop on the course proper and he worked very well.
“He’s a fit and happy horse and we think he gets his chance to win again,” said Mick Price.