Champion Kiwi stallion Tavistock continues to churn out stakes winners and he went close to an Australian black type double over the weekend.
Up and coming stayer One One Two won the listed Galilee Series Final over 2400 metres at Caufield on Saturday and a couple of hours later another son of Tavistock, Greycliffe, was just pipped in the listed Port Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville.
Ontrack Racing has long admired the progeny of Tavistock and Managing Director Grant Morgan bought a filly and a colt by the Cambridge Stud stallion at the 2017 Karaka Sale in New Zealand.
“Tavistock has done an amazing job at stud after a fairly slow start with low numbers of foals in his first couple of seasons.
“Tavistock has been an absolute revelation to the New Zealand Breeding Industry during the recent racing seasons.
Entering stud off a moderate service fee and receiving average quality mares, Tavistock has quickly become one of the most regarded proven stallions in Australasia.
“He is arguably the best option for those searching to produce a Derby colt or an Oaks filly and that’s the reason Ontrack purchased the Tavistock-Miss Debonair filly at last year’s Karaka Sales for Bjorn Baker to train.
“The filly is an absolute stunner and has a fantastic walk. She has the pedigree of an Oaks filly as her dam was a four-times winning Danehill mare and her second dam On Air won an AJC Oaks for Anthony Cummings.
“On Air also won the Group Two Peter Pan Stakes defeating champion stayer Tie The Knot in the process, so the Tavistock filly has a great pedigree page behind her.
“She has had a fantastic grounding in New Zealand and she has shaped up impressively in two very strong trials over there.
“She’s now spelling but will have another period of pre-training in New Zealand before being flown to Sydney in June to join the Warwick Farm team of Bjorn Baker.
“Bjorn was a natural choice to train the filly as he is a Kiwi and has a fantastic record with stayers, especially when in partnership with his father Murray, when they won a host of major staying races, including the Group One VRC Derby with Lion Tamer.