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Tarzino Retired

Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Dual Gr1 winner Tarzino is poised to return to the land of his birth to commence his stallion career, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Mick Price-trained stayer, who was being aimed at next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, has been retired after sustaining a ligament injury in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes. Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud, which owns 30 per cent of the entire, told the Geelong Advertiser that they were exploring all of their options. "Being a son of Tavistock, there is no hotter property in New Zealand at the moment," he said. "We have spoken to a couple of New Zealand stud farms about whether they have any interest." He added: "We are not looking to sell any of our ownership in the horse. We are just working out whether we partner with a New Zealand farm to give the horse the best possible chance to be a success." Tarzino (Tavistock-Zarzino, by Zabeel) 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 4YO proved 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 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. "He's got a couple of niggly things across his back and in one of his joints that probably restricted him from showing his best this time in," Mithen said. "The disappointing news was that it was going to take six months in the paddock to recuperate fully and by that stage you are probably out of action for the autumn and the 2017 breeding season is looming."

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Tarzino winning the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (image: Steve Hart)
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