Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ classy sprinter Tavisan showed his true colours with a dominant Moonee Valley win to claim his first Saturday metro scalp.
Tavisan scored by two lengths after using his brilliant early speed to get over from a wide draw and control the pace.
“He’s always been a very fast horse from the jump and jockey Ben Melham took bad luck out of the equation by using that tactical early speed to control the race,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“At this meeting last year Tavisan gave a glimpse of his potential when he had subsequent Group One winner Brutal all out to beat him in the Listed McKenzie Stakes.
“He lost his way a little bit as a colt so we bit the bullet and gelded him and he’s come back from that in fantastic fashion with two wins and a close third.
“The horse showed good ability from day one and our New Zealand breaker and trainer Jacob McKay pegged him as a good horse very early.
“In fact Jacob was convinced he could win a nice two-year-old race in New Zealand, but a few bad draws and rain affected ground hampered him over there.
“He has proved that assessment spot on since joining Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr at Caulfield and his Australian record is nine starts for three wins and four placings.
“He’s only ever failed over 1600 metres in the Caulfield Guineas and at his last start as a colt in the Rubiton Stakes so the stable has done a fantastic job with the horse.
Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior are keen to make the most of the Benchmark system turning their focus to a possible next start in Sydney with the promising Sprinter.
Now rated 86 following his Moonee Valley win, Tavisan seems destined to head back to stakes class but Price and Kent would like to pick off another Benchmark race. With little in that realm for Tavisan in Melbourne over the coming weeks, a trip North for his next start now looks likely.
The Sydney options for Tavisan are Rosehill 14 Sept BM88 (1100m) or Randwick 21 Sept BM88 (1200m). Both races carry overall prizemoney of $125,000.
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.