Trainer Mick Price has reported that all is well with Tarzino and the Victoria Derby winner will have his next Spring Carnival start in the Group 1 $500,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 10.
Price was baffled by the Racing Victoria steward’s report that stated Tarzino pulled up lame in the off hind leg after running eighth to Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 $500,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
The four year old didn’t show any signs of lameness when Price inspected him back at his stables and said that he passed a vet’s test again on Sunday morning.
“He’s 100 per cent. He’s off to the Makybe Diva next,” Price told racing.com.
The top Caulfield trainer said that Tarzino underwent a thorough inspection on Sunday morning after showing no signs of lameness and was given a clean bill of health.
“He pulled up fine after the race and I really don’t know what the report was about with the stewards,” Price said.
“We took him home and trotted him up at about 5.30 and he was absolutely fine. There is certainly no issue with his off hind as they reported in the steward’s report.”
“He’s never had a problem behind and I have had two of my vets look over him this morning (Sunday) and there is not even a suggestion of a problem.”
Price was more than happy with the late finish of Tarzino who made plenty of ground in the straight.
“It was very good run in the circumstances as his sectionals were good and he really ran through the line.”
Price was forced to send Tarzino into the Memsie Stakes without a trial under his belt after the trials sent down for Cranbourne early last week were cancelled because of the bad weather and said that the run would greatly benefit him..
“As I haven’t trialled him, that run will do him the world of good.”
Price is aiming Tarzino towards the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 15 and the four year old has held his spot at the top of the market order at $15 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
On the second line of betting at $17 are the Aidan O’Brien trained Highland Reel, Doomben Cup winner Our Ivanhowe, Queensland Oaks winner Provocative, Australian Derby winner Tavago and last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Trip To Paris.