Kiwi-owned win­ners on col­li­sion course

Cambridge Edition - - OUT & ABOUT - TIM RYAN

‘‘He is a gen­uine stay­ing horse, a 2400 me­tre horse and en­joys the cut out of the ground and that is what he got to­day.’’ Trent Busut­tin

Star New Zealand gal­lop­ers Tav­ago and Hu­mi­dor are on a col­li­sion course in The BMWafter their re­spec­tive wins on Satur­day.

Tav­ago re­turned to Syd­ney in a blaze of glory, adding Satur­day’s Sky High Stakes to his win in the Aus­tralian Derby last au­tumn.

The son of Tav­i­s­tock had no prob­lems beat­ing an­other New Zealand-owned horse, An­to­nio Giuseppe, trained by Kiwi ex­pat Chris Waller, by three and a quar­ter lengths.

A few months af­ter the derby win train­ers Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young moved from Cam­bridge to Cran­bourne.

Busut­tin said that he will now head likely head to The BMW (2400m) on March 25 and the Syd­ney Cup (3200m) on April 8 with Tav­ago.

‘‘He loves it up here ob­vi­ously. Good to see him back,’’ Busut­tin said. ‘‘He is a gen­uine stay­ing horse, a 2400 me­tre horse and en­joys the cut out of the ground and that is what he got to­day.’’

Tav­ago was pur­chased by Craig Old­field as a Karaka year­ling for $60,000 for a group of first­time Kiwi own­ers in­clud­ing Old­field, Pam Hatchard, Keith Banks and Ross Tay­lor.

Af­ter Satur­day’s vic­tory the horse has won over A$1.6 mil­lion.

The Carter fam­ily sib­lings sold a 50 per cent share in Satur­day’s Aus­tralian Cup win­ner Hu­mi­dor a few months back and the horse trans­ferred from Johno Ben­ner and Hol­lie Wyn­yard’s Otaki sta­ble to the barn of lead­ing Vic­to­rian trainer Darren Weir.

‘‘The plan was when we pur­chased half of the horse was to aim at the Aus­tralian Cup and see how far we got.

‘‘It’s nice that it’s come off,’’ Weir said

John Carter flew to Mel­bourne on the morn­ing of the race to watch the horse he bred with his brother Mark and sis­ter Rachel, now the win­ner of over A$1.1 mil­lion and on his way to The BMW.

While Carter and his fam­ily are de­lighted with the per­for­mances of Hu­mi­dor, it adds hugely to future prog­eny their mare Za­lika, Hu­mi­dor’s dam.

‘‘Za­lika cur­rently has a Makfi colt at foot who is a grouse lit­tle fella,’’ he told NZ Rac­ing Desk.


Damian Lane rid­ing Hu­mi­dor de­feats Hugh Bow­man rid­ing Jameka in the Aus­tralian Cup at Flem­ing­ton.

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