Listed victory within reach for Price/Kent sprinter
Ontrack’s speedster Tavisan is looking for his first win at Headquarters tomorrow.
The $125,000 Victorian Sprint Series Final over 1200 metres is Tavisan’s target at Flemington and it will be his third run on the track.
As a three-year-old he had his first run down the straight when a brave third in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes, beaten a length by Encryption and Thorondor.
His only other run at Flemington was during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival when he ran sixth in the Listed Century Stakes behind Soothing over 1200 metres.
Tavisan heads to Flemington tomorrow in good form with Ben Melham again in the saddle.
He won on him two starts back when Tavisan was the only horse to lead and win at Caulfield over 1100 metres at the end of May.
Since then he ran a brave third over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley when he was pressured in the lead and faded late to be beaten by just over one length.
Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior have followed a well worn path with Tavisan, sending him to Monomeith Stud on the South Gippsland Highway.
“He had a week at Monomith where he goes on the aquaciser each day, spends his days in the paddock and is boxed at night,” said Mick Price.
“It freshens him up and keeps him ticking over without having to put any concussion on his joints and the breaks do him the world of good.
“He’s fit, sound and healthy and the three weeks since that Moonee Valley run should prove ideal.
“The Flemington straight suits the horse and he ran well down the straight when placed in the Danehill Stakes so this race should suit perfectly.
“He did a super job at Moonee Valley and Flemington will suit him as they tend to sit up a bit early and then sprint.
“There’s not likely to be a lot of early pressure, so it looks a nice race for him and he’s fit and happy so we are confident he will run well,” said Mick Price.