Wet Track Suits The BMW 2017 Hope Tavago

Last start Sky High Stakes winner Tavago is set to line-up as a key chance in the 2017 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens this weekend with another mud autumn track pending.


Last autumn’s ATC Derby winner Tavago will relish a Heavy Rosehill track for the 2017 The BMW this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Prepared at Cranbourne by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, the four-year-old son of Tavistock is one of fourteen early entries take for this weekend’s $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m).

Sydney racing has been primarily done on Heavy rated tracks over the autumn carnival, including the bottomless Rosehill course for Golden Slipper Day last Saturday.

That suits Tavago just fine heading into The BMW according to co-trainer Busuttin.

“It doesn’t worry us and [the Rosehill track] is certainly not going to be hard,” Busuttin told The Daily Telegraph.

“As a three-year-old, Tavago won a Group 3 on firm ground and he should have won another stakes race on firm ground, but he enjoys the cut out of the ground.

“Everyone wants to tell you their horse isn’t a wet-tracker, but I’m quite happy to have a wet- tracker going into the next few weeks.”

Last autumn the galloper was the best on a Soft (6) Randwick track defeating subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka by over three lengths to win the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) as a $41 roughie in betting.

Tavago failed to impress in the spring, but has been better in his two runs this time in with conditions to suit.

First-up he ran a midfield fifth behind the world’s best horse Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on a Heavy (9) course on February 25.

Last time out Tavago posted his first win since the Derby, beating the favourite Antonio Giuseppe by three and a quarter lengths at Rosehill in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m).

He now steps up to the mile and a half on Saturday in The BMW field under weight-for-age conditions in peak form.

The Sky High Stakes – The BMW double was recently achieved by Hartnell (2015) and the bookies are keeping Tavago safe in all-in markets for the weekend to complete the same feat.

Current favourite in pre-field The BMW odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4 for the win is the aforementioned Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka.

She has had three runs this time in, the latest producing the close second to Humidor in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

The Darren Weir-trained Australian Cup winner Humidor is the next best in futures The BMW Stakes betting for Saturday’s rematch at $4.60, followed closely by Tavago ($5).

Also right up there in the early markets is last Saturday’s surprise Ranvet Stakes winner and known mudlark Our Ivanhowe ($5.50) for Lee & Anthony Freedman.

“There are probably four or five genuine chances in the race, but you expect that for $1.5 million,” Busuttin said.

“He (Tavago) is on the top of his game and he is absolutely flying, the horse

Blake Shinn will retain the ride and it’s going to be a pretty good field with Jameka and the top three out of the Australian Cup, but he beat Jameka last year in the Australian Derby under similar conditions.

“I think he can win the race and he will be right there.”

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