Tavisan well suited

Caulfield trainer Mick Price, who trains in partnership with Michael Kent Jr, believes Tavistock four-year-old Tavisan (NZ) is well placed at Moonee Valley on Saturday to maintain his winning form.

The five-win gelding was back in the winner’s circle when successful at Caulfield over 1100m last start and Price has high expectations for the front-running speedster when he steps up to 1200m on Saturday.

“He’s going well and the race sets up beautifully for him, as long as Great Again doesn’t take him on,” Price said.

“He’s just taken a couple of runs to get fit. He’s quite a gross gelding but once he is in the zone and the track is soft, he will get his toe in. 

“I think he’s an excellent chance.”

Out of the Volksraad mare Evanescence, Tavisan was purchased by Grant Morgan’s Ontrack Thoroughbreds out of Hallmark Stud’s New Zealand Bloodstock 2017 Premier Yearling Sale draft for $135,000.

Bred by The Sunlight Trust, Tavisan commenced his racing career in New Zealand with Matamata trainer Jacob McKay before transferring across the Tasman after four starts as a juvenile.

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