Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ powerhouse sprinter Tavisan returned to the races with a brilliant 1000 metres win at Sandown.
The son of Tavistock had been gelded since a lucrative spring campaign and the Sandown win came at his first start since failing in a Group Two race at Caulfield in February.
Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan said it was great to see the horse return to winning form.
“He came over from New Zealand with a big reputation and lived up to it when he won his maiden at his first Aussie start.
“He went on to place second to subsequent Group One winner Brutal in the Listed McKenzie Stakes and was also placed in Black Type races at Flemington and Caulfield before failing to stay in the Caulfield Guineas.
“That spring form was as a colt, but he lost his way and we decided to geld him after he failed in February and Sandown was the chance for him to get back to form and he duly delivered.
“Though he’s a son of Tavistock who is a stallion who gets stayers, this bloke is a sprinter and that’s where he’ll be aimed this campaign,” said Grant Morgan.
Tavisan was purchased out of the Karaka Premier Sale in New Zealand and had his early education with young Kiwi trainer Jacob McKay.
“Jacob was convinced he was a good horse and was so bullish about this bloke that he convinced us to run him in New Zealand and he raced well without a lot of luck.
“Since coming to Australia, Tavisan has proved Jacob right and there’s plenty of upside now that he’s got his confidence back,” said Grant Morgan.
Tavisan is trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior at Caulfield and the partners were confident of the Sandown win.
“He’s come back really well this time in and his trials and trackwork have suggested that he would come out and race like that.
“It’s good when they run up to their work at home and now that he’s regained winning form, he can aim a bit higher and there’s a couple of black type races pencilled in for him,” said Michael Kent.
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.