Roger James is expecting more of the same from Tavy when she tackles what he is describing as a pivotal race in Friday's Gr. 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie.
Tavy has created a big impression with dashing wins in her last two starts, most recently claiming her first stakes win in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial at Ellerslie, a race won by subsequent classic-winning fillies Habibi and Rising Romance in the previous two editions.
"I couldn't be happier with her preparation and I've just emailed her owners and told them the same thing," James said.
"You couldn't knock what she's done so far and she's done it with a certain amount of ease too. This is undoubtedly a step up in class but on what she's done so far, it shouldn't be anything we'd be worried about.
"I expect a bold showing, that's for certain. It's hard to measure up the form because she hasn't raced this opposition before but I think they'll be more scared of her than we are of them."
James will consider the Tavistock filly for the Gr. 2 Royal Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day but won't make a decision on whether she backs up until he has assessed her run on Friday and how she comes through it.
"This is a pivotal race. I have no doubt she'll run a strong 2000 metres and if they can do that they can normally get a mile and a half. She'll certainly get her opportunity," James said.
TAB bookmakers installed Tavy a $2.80 second favourite for the Eight Carat Classic, behind the Stephen Marsh-trained Sardaaj at $2.80. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Charmont is the $7.50 third favourite.
- NZ Racing Desk