Tavy was a class above her Rating 85 rivals at Avondale today, coming from the back and blowing them away by four lengths in the HR Fisken & Sons 1400.
A Listed winner of the Trevor Eagle Memorial a year ago almost to the day, the daughter of Tavistock was back at her brilliant best with an outstanding performance in today’s $30,000 event.
Taken back from her wide draw by jockey Lisa Allpress, Tavy was the widest runner around the home turn. But she accelerated explosively at the top of the straight, sailing past her opposition and sprinting clear in the last 250 metres. She won by four lengths with her ears pricked.
The win was the third of Tavy’s career and her first in four starts this season, but trainer Roger James said it had been a frustrating spring.
“It was a good win, but it never surprises me when she is able to do something like that,” the Cambridge trainer said. “She’s under-rated. She’s had a series of wide draws this season. I scratched her from two races when she drew 15, and then she drew 15 again last time and in desperation I had to run her. She was beaten by a nose. Today she didn’t draw much better at 13, but she won it very well.
“She possesses a paralysing sprint, as we saw today. I think she’s a mare who can reach greater heights than the Rating 85 race she won today. I could see her winning a good fillies and mares’ race, or maybe even something like the Easter Handicap. We’re still getting there, she’s a work in progress, but she’ll get there. As soon as there’s a black-type race available that’s suitable for her this season, she’ll be in it.”
Allpress was a replacement rider today for Vinnie Colgan, who was best man at his brother’s wedding in New Plymouth.
“You’ve got some work to do to try to keep me on this one,” Allpress joked to her manager Aidan Rodley. “She’s a lovely mare. She’s been a bit unlucky in her last few runs and today she proved how good she is.
“I’m just finding my way around Avondale, it’s a long straight and we probably got to the front a bit too soon. But she kept going beautifully, and when she pulled up she wouldn’t have blown out a match. She was very good.”
Thee Auld Floozie was second ahead of Increditable Hulk. Fast Learner’s performance to finish fourth was outstanding after he missed the start by at least half a dozen lengths.
Bred and part-owned by the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, Tavy is out of the Tale of the Cat mare The Cat’s Whiskers, herself out of the Group One winner Good Faith.
Tavy’s win was the second of the day for James, who earlier took out the maiden event with Never In Doubt.
- The Informant