After being scratched from last Saturday’s Memsie Stakes the New Zealand-trained ATC Derby winner Tavago could kick off his spring this weekend in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2016.
The classy son of Tavistock was denied a run in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up at Caulfield, scratched on race morning due to pulling a tooth on Friday.
The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained gelding went off his feed and wasn’t well enough to make his four-year-old debut in the weight-for-age feature.
The team are now looking at a Moonee Valley run this Saturday in the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) run over 200m further than the Memsie, subsequently won by the Darren Weir-trained favourite Black Heart Bart.
On Sunday co-trainer Young told Racing Victoria Tavago was making a fast recovery and confirmed he would be nominated for the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
“This morning he was happy, he’d gotten over his sulks and I took him out for a walk under saddle and he was good,” she said yesterday.
“We’ll just see he is in the morning and if he eats up overnight we’ll gave him a barrier [trial] tomorrow.
“We’ll put a nom in for the Dato on Saturday, or we just might head straight into the Makybe.”
The $500,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) also runs over the mile but at Flemington Racecourse on September 10.
A winner of three of his seven career starts to date, Tavago was last seen running away as a 41/1 outsider for an impressive three and a quarter length victory in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) at Randwick in early April.
He won’t be found at anywhere near that price for his first-up run, his first in Melbourne, and is heading towards an October 15 assignment in the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The latest all-in Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the Mick Price-trained VRC Derby winner from last spring Tarzino ($15) who resumed with an eighth in the Memsie.
Tavago is still being kept safe in futures Caulfield Cup betting paying $17, an equal price along with the likes of last year’s third placegetter Our Ivanhowe and the Ed Dunlop-trained runner-up Trip To Paris.
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