Trainer Mick Price has revealed that two-time Group 1 winner Tarzino will return to racing in the 2016 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.
Tarzino has been a standout performer for Price throughout his entire racing career so far; posting four wins and a further three minors through only ten competitive starts, for more than $1.6 million in prize money.
Price told Racing Victoria he is pleased with the Tavistock colt’s continually rising condition, and believes he will take plenty of benefit from a first-up run amongst Group 1 company in the 2016 Memsie Stakes.
“I didn’t want to give him a gut-buster first-up over a mile,” Price said.
“He’s a pretty genuine horse and he tries very hard so I didn’t want to give him a tough run in the Makybe Diva (Stakes) where I would have had to have had him tuned up and then he’d have been second-up in the Underwood (Stakes) and I felt like I would have been playing catch up.
“He couldn’t win a 1400m Group 1 at weight for age I wouldn’t have thought because these weight-for-age races are never really run so that back-markers can sweep home, they usually crawl around and the best horse wins.”
Price revealed the horse will progress to runs in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before a decision is made on the remainder of his campaign.
“The Turnbull is the fork in the road, we’ll get to the Turnbull via that route and work it out from there,” Price said.
Tarzino made a commendable transition to black type company when seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in only his fourth competitive start last spring, and continued to impress in placing third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
Resuming this year for fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), Tarzino finished an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 5th before returning to winning form in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 19th.
Tarzino has not been seen at the races since failing to justify his resounding, odds-on favouritism when fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 2nd.
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