Tivaci broke through for a maiden win at Group 1 level with an outstanding performance in the 2017 All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
It has been incredibly tough to make up ground at Royal Randwick this afternoon and Tivaci looked to have very little chance when jockey Damien Oliver elected to settle him at the tail of the field in the early stages of the race.
Le Romain and Jungle Edge looked set to fight out the finish, but Tivaci found the line in most impressive fashion to finish over the top of his rivals to claim victory.
Oliver was quick to pay credit to both Tivaci and the training performance of Mike Moroney and suggested that the four-year-old should race on during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
“He did a good job to defy the pattern,” Oliver said.
“They haven’t been making much ground today, but he is a quality colt turned stallion.
“He is an imposing type and he deserved to win a Group 1.
“All credit to Mike Moroney’s team.
“1400 metres is a great trip for him.”
Tivaci has previously been placed at Group 1 level in the Toorak Handicap and Cantala Stakes and Moroney was clearly delighted to see the son of High Chaparral claim a maiden Group 1 win.
Moroney is unsure what the future has in store for Tivaci and he said that the four-year-old will either be retired straight to stud or head to Queensland for a race like the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
“He has been placed in a lot of Group 1s, so he deserved to get one today,” Moroney said.
“This was very timely because it has been widely speculated that he will be going to stud at Waikato Stud.
“We will just have a bit of a meeting now as to whether we race on or where he goes now.
“He is the fastest son of High Chapparel in the world, he is out of a great sire and he has proven to be a sire of sires.
“He is going to a great home.
“I was really confident with him through the week and he was just glowing today.”
Le Romain was his usual gallant self, while Jungle Edge captured his second Group 1 placing for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.