Ben Melham reunites with talented speedster
Tavisan gets a prime opportunity to return to the winners circle on Saturday at Caulfield together with his regular rider Ben Melham.
The Mick Price/Michael Kent jnr prepared gelding contests the $100,000 Le Pines Handicap over 1100 metres and he’s been helped with a perfect barrier draw of gate two and improved track conditions.
Tavisan has had two runs this preparation for a first-up fifth in Listed company in Adelaide and a sound fourth on an unsuitable heavy track at Caulfield.
Though Tavisan has yet to win at Caulfield in four attempts, he ran one of his best races on the track when second in the Group 3 Guineas Prelude behind Native Soldier.
That was as a three-year-old when he was also placed in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington and just caught by subsequent Group 1 winner Brutal in the Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Tavisan is now the winner of four races and four times placed in only 19 starts for earnings of $271,000.
In a race that doesn’t look to have enormous speed, he should get full favours from gate 2 tomorrow and also gets Ben Melham back on board.
Melham knows the horse well having ridden him six times for two wins and two placings.
Melham has been Ontrack’s go-to rider in Victoria for some time and has been a regular winner in the all gold silks on the likes of Savanna Amour, Arctic Shock and Test The World in recent seasons.
Melham rides Tavisan well and his return probably coincides with the horse reaching peak fitness this time in.
He was run down late when fourth on the Caulfield track last start after rider Jamie Kah elected to stick to the rails on the heavy track.
While the inside was probably not the place to be on the day it seems Tavisan being a rising five-year-old may have needed racing to attain peak fitness and he should parade tomorrow in prime condition for a return to winning form.