From the Commentary Box 4 April 2016

TAVAGO’S stunning win in the ATC Derby at Randwick on Saturday was just what his trainers wanted.

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young will shortly be relocating to Cranbourne in Victoria to continue their training career. With TAVAGO annihilating his opposition in the prestigious $2m ATC Derby, the young training combination stole the limelight.

The pair had already tasted Derby success in Australia with their multiple Group One winner SANGSTER winning the VRC Derby several years ago.

However TAVAGO’S dominant win on Saturday was even more special. “This is better because Natalie gets her deserved recognition as a co-trainer of the ATC Derby winner,” said Busuttin. “She is twice the horsewoman I am a trainer and this is such a great result.” added Busuttin.

Natalie Young created history becoming the first woman to train an ATC Derby winner.

TAVAGO became the third Derby winner this season for Cambridge Stud stallion sensation, TAVISTOCK, after TARZINO, (VRC Derby) and WERTHER (Hong Kong Derby).

Busuttin and Young were mindful of their pending shift to Cranbourne. “This is a great way to advertise the fact that we are shifting in July to train out of Cranbourne and hopefully we’ll get new owners as a result.” said Busuttin.

Ridden by Tommy Berry, TAVAGO bolted in by four lengths beating JAMEKA and TALLY.
Hot favourite TARZINO was a battling fourth.

TAVAGO will probably be aimed for the staying races in Victoria later this year. “There was talk we may head to Queensland with him but after today we’ll have to rethink our plans.” said Busuttin.

The Busuttin and Young partnership nearly had a Group One Trans-Tasman double after their two year old SICARIO was just nabbed by LUNA ROSSA in the Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday. SICARIO was out finished late by fellow Cambridge trained LUNA ROSSA, prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Completing a memorable trifecta was another Baker/Forsman trained runner SARACINO.

LUNA ROSSA is a filly by WRITTEN TYCOON and was ridden by Lisa Allpress. “I didn’t think she was going to be in it because she was so far off them and not really hitting out like a winner.” admitted Allpress afterwards. To LUNA ROSSA’S credit though, she dug deep to overpower her rivals. “That was a game effort by both horses and we nearly got the quinella.” said Forsman.

Busuttin and Young were at it again when MABEEL scored a brilliant all the way win in the Fairdale/Goodwood Studs Flying Open Handicap. Ridden by Sam Spratt, MABEEL ran his rivals ragged eventually scoring by four and a half lengths.
MABEEL may now be aimed at the Group One Manco Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.

The Baker/Forsman team also picked up the Group Two Kamada Park Awapuni Gold Cup with MAYGROVE successful from another Cambridge trained runner, TROJAN WARRIOR.
MAYGROVE was game in success having to carry the topweight .

Further success for Cambridge came at Ellerslie courtesy of HARDCASE, PROCUREMENT and SNOW SECRET.

A wonderful day all round!

Catch you next week.

Cheers

George.