Trainer Mick Price is confident that Group 1 winner Tarzino is primed for a strong first-up performance in the 2016 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.
Tarzino experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence during the 2015 edition of the Spring Carnival; finishing seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at his first black type start, before running on for third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
Savaging the line for fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield upon resuming this year, the Tavistock entire was unlucky to finish an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), before returning to winning form in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2400m).
Having returned to the paddock after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 2nd, Price told Racing Ahead that Tarzino has taken plenty of benefit from his time away from racing and is ready for a competitive first-up showing in the Memsie Stakes 2016.
“The horse is beautiful and fresh,” Price said.
“I think the race will work out. I suppose that Lord Of The Sky and Charmed Harmony and Entirely Platinum will make sure it’s a healthy tempo.
“It should suit him, he should run on. I’m not worried about the trialling.
“I don’t do a lot with him, but what he does he enjoys. He’s a happy horse, he’ll be nice and fresh and ready to go, and he’ll run well.
“A win would surprise me. It’s not where I’ve got him I wouldn’t have thought, but hopefully I’ve got that wrong and he goes and wins a Group 1.
“I think last time we went into the 1400m race he ran really well. He motored up in the last furlong and ran fourth of fifth.
“He’ll go around and as long as he gets a bit of room, you’ll see him working home and that will be about what I’m looking for.”
Tarzino has posted an impressive four wins and three minors through his ten start career so far, for more than $1.6 million in prize money.
Allocated barrier 9 for his run in the Memsie Stakes 2016, Tarzino has been confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Craig Newitt on Saturday.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Memsie Stakes odds, for which Tarzino can be taken at a quote of $14 for success.