Classic targets for Kiwi acquisition

Reliable Man filly Annavisto will join the stable of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr. Photo: AAP

Reliable Man filly Annavisto (NZ) is being set on a Classic campaign in Australia after recently being purchased out of Tony Pike’s Cambridge barn by prominent owner Bill Frost.

The juvenile was victorious in her only trial in New Zealand, winning her 800m heat at Te Teko in February, and will now head to Melbourne to join Mick Price and Michael Kent Jrs’s barn.

Annavisto was bred by Greg Tomlinson under his Nearco Stud banner and he will remain in the ownership alongside Frost, and a few AFL footballers.

“Greg Tomlinson, who is a fantastic breeder, is staying in and also in the ownership are the Essendon boys – Jobe Watson, Cale Hooker, Tom Bellchambers. Bill’s taken a major share and she will race in his colours,” Kent said.

Kent was pleased with what he saw of Annavisto in her only outing, particularly with the form that has come out of her trial.

“She won a trial impressively at Te Teko in February and out of the trial, the second horse went and won its next trial and the third horse in the trial is Safe Passage who went and won her first start by four lengths (at Matamata in March),” Kent said.

“She flies in on Monday for a Guineas-Oaks prep and she looks most promising.”

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