Un­der pres­sure

Derby win­ner Tav­ago to push Caulfield Cup claims

The Sportsman Midweek - - Detailed Formguide For Dubbo - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

AUS­TRALIAN Derby win­ner Tav­ago has caused some headaches for train­ers Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young as they plan his pro­gram to the Caulfield Cup.

Tav­ago fur­thers his prepa­ra­tion to­wards next month’s 2400m hand­i­cap in the weight-for-age Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Sat­ur­day.

Ideally the train­ers would have liked a 2000m race but Busut­tin said Turn­bull Stakes on Oc­to­ber 2 was too close to the Caulfield Cup.

“If the Nat­u­ral­ism had been run un­der weight-for-age con­di­tions he would have run in that race,” Busut­tin said.

“He’s only a small horse and with 59kgs, giv­ing weight away to Jameka and Set Square those sorts of horses, he didn’t need to be hav­ing a hard run with 59 ki­los.

“It’s not like he’s tough five or six-year-old geld­ing with a heap of rac­ing un­der his belt.”

Jameka was pro­moted to equal Caulfield Cup favourite along­side Hart­nell af­ter her stylish win in Sat­ur­day’s Nat­u­ral­ism Stakes.

Tav­ago had been en­tered for the Hill Stakes at Rand­wick which was won in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion by Hart­nell but the train­ers de­cided to stay close to home.

Busut­tin is still learn­ing about Tav­ago and haunted by the geld­ing’s flop in the Waikato Guineas ear­lier year.

That was only time Busut­tin has backed Tav­ago up within a two-week pe­riod.

“He’s only had eight runs and only one prep,” Busut­tin said.

“I am mind­ful that I might get him to the Turn­bull and with Flem­ing­ton such a good dry­ing track he could cop hard track which make 13-day turn­around to the Caulfield Cup a bit tough.

“I’d rather have three weeks be­tween runs and while it’s 1800 me­tres I think he’s one horse that can get away with it.”

Busut­tin said he doesn’t ex­pect go­ing into the Caulfield Cup thirdup to be a prob­lem.

He pointed out the Euro­pean and Ja­panese horses com­ing to Aus­tralia for the ma­jor races have some­times not raced for three months.

He said the fa­cil­i­ties at Cran­bourne where he and Young have set up base since mov­ing from New Zealand were fan­tas­tic. There’s enough tracks to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Busut­tin said.

“We’ve got these bush walks that the horses re­ally en­joy.

“They prick their ears and have a good look around the sand is deep enough that they do a bit of work at the same time.”

Tav­ago will run in Sat­ur­day’s Un­der­wood Stakes as he builds to­wards the Caulfield Cup

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