Tavago Could Run in 2016 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes

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.


Memsie scratching Tavago will now run in either the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes or Makybe Diva Stakes 2016 first-up. Photo: Steve Hart.

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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