Tavago Working Well Ahead of 2016 Caulfield Cup Campaign

July 20th, 2016

Tommy Berry is confident rising four-year-old Tavago will return to racing an even greater chance of success, during a Spring Carnival campaign that will be geared towards the 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Tavago will target the 2016 Caulfield Cup upon resuming in spring. Photo: Steve Hart

Tavago will target the 2016 Caulfield Cup upon resuming in spring. Photo: Steve Hart

Tavago has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far, but undoubtedly stamped himself as a standout stayer when arriving in Australia for a near-four length win in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships in April.

Berry is excited by the prospect of partnering Tavago through his 2016 Caulfield Cup campaign and told Racing Victoria that trainer Trent Busuttin has been glowing in his praise for the gelding’s continually-building condition.

“What he did over the autumn, winning the Derby in the fashion he did it, he really belted his rivals on that occasion,” Berry said.

“He’s still a big baby, he’s still got a lot to learn.

“I’ve spoken to Trent a couple of times since then, he’s really happy with how he’s spelled and had his break.

“He’s heading to the Caulfield Cup, and he’s a leading contender at this stage.”

Tavago immediately stamped himself as one to watch when debuting to racing for second in the Waterview Opening 2017 Maiden (1400m) in October, and progressed to an impressive win in the Fairview Motors Maiden (1600m) three weeks later.

Returning to the paddock after a successful transition to black type company with success in the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) on November 27th, Tavago resumed for a classy third in the Listed Karaka 3.y.o Mile (1600m) on January 24th.

Simply misfiring when failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) on February 6th, the gelding out of Sara Ann was unlucky to miss the start in the Group 2 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 5th and was unable to make up the required ground late; finishing sixth.

Tavago is currently available at 2016 Caulfield Cup odds of $21 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.