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Sunday, March 05 2017

Promising three-year-old Tavidream may have secured an overseas assignment with a stylish victory at Ellerslie.

Tavidream - Trish Dunell

The showy Tavistock gelding embellished an already impressive formline when he registered his third career victory from just five starts by taking out a special conditions maiden event over 1600 metres. The Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs trained runner was handled expertly by rider Cameron Lammas who settled his charge within striking distance of the leaders throughout the early stages of the contest.

Lammas moved Tavidream into a challenging position early in the run home and when asked for a serious effort he put a length on his rivals in the space of a few strides. He comfortably held that margin to the winning post ahead of gallant mare Needlepoint who finished well to snatch second. Race favourite Sacred Way, who was the medium of some heavy betting prior to the start, made ground well from near the rear to finish third but never really looked a winning hope..

Logan was in high spirits after the win as she discussed the immediate future for the horse.

"He's still a work in progress but certainly is a promising type," she noted.

"We've had some sale offers for him but at this stage he's still with us and we couldn't be happier with him.

"Cameron was really positive today as he's a horse that likes to roll along and get into his own rhythm. You might see him in Brisbane in the Derby after this."

Lammas was equally impressed with the winning performance, his second on the gelding after they combined to win a similar event at Ellerslie last month.

"You just have to keep him settled," he advised.

"Once you've got him settled he just chills out and relaxes and when you ask him he really kicks on. He's still doing a few little things wrong but when I asked him today he kicked clear and did it easy."

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