Tavi Mac is a house bred however greater than able to taking up racing blue blood Avantage within the Telegraph at Trentham. Picture / Race Photos
For many of their lives the hole between Avantage and Tavi Mac has been big.
Avantage is a racing blue blood by Fastnet Rock out of a Zabeel mare, bought for critical cash on the Karaka gross sales and virtually immediately paying all of it again.
She received early two-year-old races, then the Karaka Million, has raced the perfect in Australia and is now a five-time Group 1 winner seeking to defend her title within the $250,000 Telegraph at Trentham on Saturday.
She has received $1,667,851 in her profession, which is over seven occasions greater than Tavi Mac.
Though they have been born simply seven weeks aside in 2015, Tavi Mac’s early story is not fairly so horny.
He’s a house bred, nonetheless owned by breeder Hec McCallum, and did not race till April of his three-year-old season.
“Again when Avantage was successful these juvenile races our fella nonetheless could not see over the steady door,” says Tavi Mac’s coach Allan Sharrock.
Even when Tavi Mac improved each begin final season and stored on successful, any future comparability with Avantage appeared unfair.
That modified within the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on September 5 when Tavi Mac, throughout the sector from barrier 14, labored the toughest within the race and went down by a size to Avantage, and he or she took a lot of the straight to get previous him.
The little equine sausage canine had arrived within the massive time and that will get even greater, with the Telegraph at Trentham certainly one of New Zealand’s iconic races.
So the query on the thoughts of Sharrock, and loads of punters, too, is how a lot has that once-wide hole closed within the 4 months since Te Rapa?
“I’m positive it has closed fairly a bit,” says Sharrock. “Our horse has discovered to race and how you can preserve extra power in a race.
“He’s a correct Group 1 horse now, judging by how he beat Callsign Mav final begin and whereas 1400m might be his higher distance the Telegraph (1200m) usually races like a 1400m.”
As for Tavi Mac being comparatively unproven at weight-for-age, a scale ideally suited to Avantage, Sharrock says now his star is a ranking 105 horse, weight-for-age works for him, too.
“I feel he can win,” he says.
“He’s very, very properly, he could not be higher. And it’s not as robust a area as some years.
“He has an ideal draw to take a seat simply off the pace and I feel there may not be rather a lot between him and Avantage for the entire race. However she is a bloody good mare. So we are going to discover out this weekend how a lot that hole has closed.”
Avantage is coming off a medical win within the Railway at Ellerslie and received this race second-up final 12 months, additionally coming from a large barrier, so there isn’t a cause she will be able to’t do it once more.
It’s laborious to make a case for a lot of the opposition beating her, with the three exceptions of Tavi Mac, two-time Telegraph winner Enzo’s Lad, and Spring Warmth, who was third on this race final season and luckless within the Railway.
Avantage faces having to journey large throughout the Trentham dogleg and if the leaders kick laborious on the 400m those that take the brief odds on Avantage is perhaps in for some uncomfortable moments.
She is a hell of a mare and is clearly the one to beat however there are going to be higher $1.65 probabilities racing within the weeks forward due to the category of horses she goes to need to run previous.
There can be loads of punters prepared to take the brief odds, even in a multi with stablemate Brando within the Levin Traditional, however purely based mostly on worth, Avantage could also be extra enjoyable to look at than to again.
Sharrock’s Trentham abstract
Sharrock hopes to win the Telegraph at Trentham with Tavi Mac, however he additionally takes three different good probabilities to the assembly.
Right here is how the person who sits third on the trainers’ premiership with a winner each 3.88 begins sums up his different hopes.
1. Waisake (R2, No 1): “He’s a pure stayer who we have now been making an attempt to peak for the Wellington Cup in two weeks.
“He’s properly and will get a 2kg declare with Hazel [Shofer] on so he must be laborious to beat, not solely this week however I feel he can win the Cup, too.”
2. Sinarahma (R5, No 4): “She is an effective mare and ran a few of the quickest sectionals within the Cal Isuzu at Te Rapa final begin and that was weight-for-age.
“She drops right down to 53kg this weekend and that makes her the one to beat. She is a high likelihood.”
3. Our Hail Mary (R7, No 9): “I actually like this mare and he or she is just getting higher. What I do not like a lot is the set weights and penalties for this race as a result of she is ranking 82 and is just getting 2kg from a ranking 102 horse like Dolcetto. She will be able to nonetheless win however she is just not properly weighted.”