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Better Showing Expected From Tarzino
Trainer Mick Price is hoping for an improved performance from Tarzino (Tavistock - Zarzino, by Zabeel) in Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne. The 4YO emerged during his classic season as arguably the most exciting staying prospect in the country when winning the Victoria Derby in the spring before returning in the autumn for a second in the Gr1 Australian Guineas and another Gr1 win in the Rosehill Guineas. However, the son of Tavistock has proven to be most disappointing in his four runs this campaign, with his most recent outing resulting in a 6th place finish (beaten 8.1 lengths) behind Hartnell in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. Price is confident that the step up to a mile-and-a-half and a favourable draw (barrier 4) will see Tarzino return to his best form on Saturday. "He has enough tactical speed once he gets out over a journey to put himself up there...so going past the post the first time hopefully he will be in the first half a dozen, something like that," Price told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I thought he would show up in the Turnbull...he was disappointing there, but he did jar up a bit." He added: "But he has had a good couple of weeks. His work has been good and he goes into the race perfect. As long as its a good track I'm sure he will run really well." Interestingly, Tarzino will be Price's first ever runner in a Caulfield Cup.