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 Australian Racing News 
Saturday, March 11 2017

Australian Derby winner Tavago extended his affinity with Sydney racetracks to Rosehill by clearing out to comfortably win the Gr. 3 Sky High Stakes.

Rosehill on Coolmore Classic day suited the four-year-old gelding down to the ground as Tavago took advantage of a gently paced journey over 2000 metres before surging clear to inflict Antonio Giuseppe's first loss on his home track.

Tavago's first win since he claimed the A$2.1 million Australian Derby at Randwick last April sets him up for tilts at the BMW Stakes (2400m) back at Rosehill on March 25 and the Sydney Cup (3200m) across town on April 8.

Cranbourne-based New Zealander Trent Busuttin, co-trainer with Natalie Young, mapped out that schedule after a fully-fit Tavago romped to the line three and a quarter lengths clear of the $2.05 favourite Antonio Giuseppe.

Two unplaced finishes at Caulfield and Moonee Valley last September initiated a 22-week spell after he was diagnosed with a virus.

"He got beaten 200 metres in the Underwood, it wasn't running a battling fourth or fifth. He was a crook horse so we took him out and started again," Busuttin said.

The Tavistock gelding finished fifth first-up in the Chipping Norton Stakes on February 25 and this preparation continues to go to plan.

"He's a genuine staying horse. He's a 2400-metre horse. He enjoys a cut out of the ground and that's what he got," Busuttin said.

Jockey Blake Shinn agreed. "The race was set up for him. They went a great tempo which afforded him to get into a nice rhythm. The horse is back to his best.

"He's going to a BMW now, I'd say he's going to be extremely hard to beat, especially stepping up in distance."

Tavago's comprehensive win had an immediate impact on the Sydney Cup market as he shortened from $11 to join the Chris Waller-trained Antonio Giuseppe as the joint $6 favourite

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