Ontrack’s classy sprinter Tavisan displayed his intense speed with an all the way win in the $100,000 Apache Cat Classic at Cranbourne on Sunday.
The dashing son of Tavistock drew poorly and jumped from gate 8, but a positive ride from Jamie Kah saw him cross the field and get to the rails. Chased hard in the run home, he dug deep to hold his rivals for a convincing win.
“It was great to see him ridden positively and that’s the key with this horse,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Because he’s a son of Tavistock, who predominantly gets horses that run a trip, Tavisan has often been tagged as a horse that can be ridden quietly and allowed to run home.
“Ontrack has been convinced he’s a fast sprinter who is best when ridden positively and we picked out the Apache Cat Classic a while back and put the race firmly on his programme.
“Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior agreed and sent the horse to their Warnambool base for a couple of weeks of beach work and that really set the horse up for Cranbourne.
“We’ve decided to follow that path once more and Tavisan is now at Warrnambool enjoying a change of scenery and some salt air.
“There are two races down the straight at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup week and we will pick one of these races closer to the time,” said Grant Morgan.
Co-trainer Michael Kent said Tavisan came through the Cranbourne race in good order.
“He’s a sound, healthy horse and really thrives with those mini breaks at our Warrnambool break.
“He absolutely loves it there and we mix up the work with trips to the beach, some water walking and the odd gallop on the grass at the Warrnambool course.
“Tavisan will spend another week there and then head back to Caulfield and keep ticking over before Flemington on Cup Day or Oaks Day.
“He was very good in the Apache Classic and we know he likes the Flemington straight course so we look forward to him running well again,” said Michael Kent.
Congratulations to our owners: 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.