James pleased with duo

Tavy (inner) and Avisto at the end of their exhibition gallop today. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Tavy (inner) and Avisto at the end of their exhibition gallop today. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Cambridge trainer Roger James got what he wanted with his two smart mares Tavy and Avisto in an exhibition gallop between races at Te Rapa today.

The two daughters of boom young sire Tavistock hit out nicely over 1000 metres in 1:05, the final 600 in 35.7 with riders Vinnie Colgan (Tavy) and Sam Spratt (Avisto) pleased with their charges.

James has had a quiet start to the season because of the wet tracks but Tavy and Avisto showed his team is ready to fire up.

Both mares are likely to race at Taupo on Friday week and, provided they acquit themselves well, they will head to Taranaki for the Gr. 3 Rich Hill Taranaki Breeders Stakes on October 10.

Tavy, who holds a nomination for the Gr. 2 $230,000 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 11, has been off the scene since finishing an eye-catching second to Shees Flawless in the Gr. 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa on Anzac Day.

She had picked up two wins and three other placings from six previous starts. She won the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO at Ellerslie last November after clearing maiden ranks a start earlier on the same track, then went on to finish third behind fellow Cambridge fillies Saavoya and Sardaaj in the Gr. 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day.

Avisto has had an even longer break than Tavy, having last raced when unplaced in the Gr. 1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas last November.

That was her ninth start and she was on a winning streak as a late two-year-old and early three-year-old.

She ended her juvenile campaign with a win in the Listed Graeme Thomson Jewellers Great Northern Foal Stakes at Ellerslie and won her first two starts last season, picking up the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies Stakes at Wanganui and the Listed Allied Workforce Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie.