Beau Mertens said Tarwin has a lot of raw ability. Picture: Getty Images
Beau Mertens said Tarwin has a lot of raw ability. Picture: Getty Images

Kent’s classy colt just knows how Tarwin

Mick Kent described his galloper Tarwin as a "pretty smart horse" after he came from last to win the $300,000 VOBIS 3yo Sires (1600m).

"That was a big win as he gave up ground at the starts and then they dropped anchor and he still got around them and won," Kent said.

Kent said Saturday's race was the main focus for his preparation and he'd let the dust settle before making up his mind where to race him next.

"I've got the options of Guineas in Adelaide and in Queensland but also spell him for the spring, which might be my preferred option."

From barrier two, jockey Beau Mertens elected to ease Tarwin at the start and he settled a clear last in the early stages. "He has a bit of a look around when he hits the front but he's got a lot of raw ability," Mertens said.

Tarwin has won three of his four starts and is by Melbourne Cup winner Americain.

Tarwin was bred by Phillip Woolridge who has bred and raced from the same breeding line for over 30 years and he races the horse with his wife, and his daughter Jenny and her Husband Paul O'Sullivan.

Woolridge bought Tarwin's great grand dam Regal Duchess and bred from that line ever since which is now in its fifth generation. Tarwin ($2.20 fav) defeated Wham ($16) by three-quarters of a length with Duke Of Magnus ($26) a half-length away third.




Adam Trinder made another successful foray across Bass Strait when Twitchy Frank took out the Blue Gum Farm VOBIS Gold Distaff.

The former Darren Weir-trained mare has now had three starts for Trinder for two wins and a third. Trinder said he now had to decide whether to start her in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville this Saturday or send her for a spell.

Trinder called on the services of his stable jockey, Anthony Darmanin, with whom he combined to win the All-Star Mile with last month. It was Darmanin's only ride for the day.


Anthony Darmanin steers Twitchy Frank to victory at Caulfield. Picture: Getty Images
Anthony Darmanin steers Twitchy Frank to victory at Caulfield. Picture: Getty Images


■ Phillip Stokes saw what he wanted to see from Mr Quickie and declared he's ready for the South Australian Derby in two weeks after his win in the VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m).

Stokes said it was a great ride from Ben Allen to win the race. Mr Quickie made it seven wins from his last eight starts and Stokes said he was vulnerable when he was beaten at his last start. "He's a real racehorse and he tries so hard. He'll be right for the 2400m in two weeks time," he said.

■ Queensland owner Gordon McKenzie was told by Patrick Payne that the $4500 he paid for Widgee Turf as a weanling "could be the buy of the century". McKenzie suggested that's proved spot-on after the gelding took his earnings above $1 million on Saturday by winning the VOBIS Gold Mile. "He's been amazing. He's now won 10 city races. It's unbelievable," McKenzie said. Payne said the galloper had added another string to his bow by now becoming a strong miler. Payne is considering tackling the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June.

■ It was a day of doubles. Syndicator Wylie Dalziel had two city winners with Ocean Deep and also with Mr Quickie. Rosemont Stud part owns Mr Quickie and also owned the last winner, Iconoclasm.

Swettenham Stud's owner Adam Sangster was beaming after the progeny of two of his stallions Americain (Tarwin) and Toronado (Prince Of Sussex) won races.

And Craig Williams also rode a winning double, scoring on Propelle and Iconoclasm.



Good news is emanating from Hong Kong that the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Viddora passed her vet check yesterday morning and will be able to take her place in the Chairman's Sprint Prize at Hong Kong today.

In a tweet, Kennewell thanked stable foreman Paddy Bell and all the vets for their hard work.



WILLIAM THOMAS: Had to go back from the outside draw and then fought his rider Damien Oliver in the early stages before running on strongly for fourth.

MANDELA EFFECT: Jockey Lachlan King said he wasn't suited by the slow tempo in the 1400m race and he'll be suited by 1600m at his next start.