Grand filly Tavisocks breaks through

Feb 09, 2018

Grand Syndicates' Victorian-based Tavisocks elevated impressively at her third race start to score a smart win in the Jockeys Honour Roll the CD Maiden (Race 2-1600m) at Ararat yesterday.

The Luke Oliver-trained three-year-old settled in the back half before jockey Daniel Moor made all the ride moves to guide her through the field on the turn to be ready to pounce 200 metres from home. The former Kiwi bred filly proceeded to let down well to run home over the top of the heavily-supported favourite Jeddah Aheadah.

Watch: Tavisocks hits the line hard at Ararat

It was a good result all round for Team Grand, with promising stablemate High Sierra run on from last for a fast-finishing fourth, beaten only 1.25 lengths on the line.

Tavisocks, a $27,000 purchase at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, has improved with every start and with her stout pedigree, appears to be an exciting middle-distance prospect.

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The Grand Syndicates/Luke Oliver Racing combination may be in for a big couple of days with comeback stayer Gilchrist and high-quality racemare Khutulun both very well placed.

Gilchrist has been building towards peak form in four starts back from an injury-enforced layoff and he should be closing in on his best when lining up in the Nixon Finance Group Summer Stayers Series Heat 3 (Race 7-2500m) under lights at Moonee Valley tonight.

The six-year-old should've finished closer when carrying 63.5kg at Ballarat last start and slides all the way down to 55.5kg with top jockey Ben Melham in the saddle.

Despite being well into her seven-year-old season, Khutulun is racing as consistently as ever and has to be considered one of the leading chances in tomorrow's Big Screen Company Handicap (Race 1-1800m) at Caulfield.

Coming off back-to-back third placings at Flemington and Caulfield, the $437,000 earner will again be partnered by leading apprentice Ben Thompson and looks set to give it a shake with only 52.5kg on her back.