Mike Moroney is pleased with the resuming condition of Tivaci ahead of his first-up appearance in Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse.
A four-year-old entire, Tivaci has so-far posted Group 3 wins at 1400m and a mile and will be given the opportunity to chase a maiden win at the highest level this season when he progresses through the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in February.
Moroney told AAP that he has been pleased with everything that the son of High Chaparral has completed in work and believes that a win in the Kensington Stakes 2017 will only add to his prospects of a career at stud.
“He had a pretty quick break being a stallion as I don’t like giving him too long out,” Moroney said.
“He had three or four weeks in the paddock and he’s come to hand pretty quick.
“We thought we’d kick him off there and then head to those 1400-metre races. If we could add a 1000 metre race to his CV, being a stallion, it would help.
“He’s quite a fast High Chaparral and he’s got quite a good record at 1200 metres so we think down the straight at Flemington he can be competitive at the 1000 metres.
“There’s a lot of options for him but we’ll keep him to the mile and under.”
Tivaci began his racing career in an Echuca maiden race over 1200m in September of 2015 and has subsequently posted a credible record of four win and five minors, through a total of seventeen competitive starts.
Beating subsequent Group 1 winner Palentino in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) early in his 2016 autumn preparation, Tivaci was unable to figure in his next four races but ended his campaign with a smart win in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on July 2nd.
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date in spring, the entire out of Breccia finished second in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and sixth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) before running an impressive third in each of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) most notably.
The 2017 Kensington Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday (January 25th).