Trainer Mick Price is thrilled with the condition of three-year-old Tarzino ahead of his appearance in the featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), and is confident his allocation of barrier 10 will play directly into his strengths at Flemington on Saturday.
Tarzino has experienced an impressive rise in prominence through his current campaign; winning a Caulfield minor over 1600m before running on for a credible seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10th.
Having savaged the line for third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) over the weekend, Price is confident the draw of several key runners around Tarzino makes his drawn an absolutely ideal scenario.
“My first thought is I’ll be speaking to the stewards and telling them we’ll endeavour to ride in a more forward position,” Price told Racing Victoria.
“With Shards drawn 11 and Ayers Rock drawn 12, I think there’s a cart across for us somewhere.
“I’m happy with the horse, I’m happy with the barrier and we’ve just got to let it unfold now.”
Tarzino has cut into clear favouritism for success in the 2015 Victoria Derby over the last fortnight, but Price confirmed he is not at all worried to carry the favourites tag in a race which has not favoured the market leader through recent years.
“I always say it’s a lovely problem to have,” he said. “They used to ask me about Lankan Rupee being odds-on, asking ‘do you feel the pressure,” Price said.
“Those 33/1 chances don’t give you much of a kick.
“So I hope the market’s right and he wins. I like the short-priced favourites, most of them win.”
Posting a career total of two wins and as many minors through only five competitive starts so far, Tarzino stamped himself as one to watch from his very first start; running third in the Racing.com Maiden Plate (1380m) before taking out his only other competitive start; the Slick Pix Maiden Plate (1400m) a fortnight later.
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