Tarzino outstayed his rivals to record a second Group 1 victory in the 2016 Rosehill Guineas this afternoon.
There were concerns that Tarzino would not be suited by the inside barrier and the slow pace expected in the early stages of the Rosehill Guineas, but jockey Craig Newitt ensured that wouldn’t be a problem when he elected to settle Tarzino just behind the speed in the early stages of the race.
Damien Oliver also pushed forward on Jameka and the Crown Oaks winner laid down the challenge to Tarzino, but the Victoria Derby winner was too strong in the last 200 metres and he scored a strong victory from a gallant Montaigne and Jameka.
Trainer Mick Price admitted after the race that he thought the Rosehill Guineas might prove to be a bit of a trap race for Tarzino, but he was delighted to see the son of Tavistock come out and get the job done on the road to the 2016 Australian Derby.
“He is a really good colt,” Price said.
“We tried to win a Caulfield Guineas and got stuck in traffic, we tried to win an Australian Guineas and he bombed the start, but he is just a really good colt.
“He has a great set of lungs on him, he has a big aggressive colt attitude about him and he is a great horse to train.
“I thought that today might have been a bit of a bogey race for him because it was the first time in Sydney in a Rosehill Guineas and we saw Mongolian Khan get unstuck in that race and then go to an Australian Derby and I just can’t wait to get to the Australian Derby on a big track.
“We didn’t want to be out the back in the Australian Guineas either, but he is a colt and he does have his ways about him.
“He came out in slow motion in the Australian Guineas, which wasn’t out intention and we just wanted to be a little bit more forward today.
“Where we landed was perfect and he was too good for them.”
Montaigne continued his outstanding first racing preparation to finish second, while Jameka could start the Australian Oaks as a short favourite following her tough third.
Price and Newitt have the chance to complete a race-to-race Group 1 double when they combine with favourite Extreme Choice in the 2016 Golden Slipper.