Kiwi-owned winners on collision course
‘‘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.