AAMI Victoria Derby champion Tarzino will have a light autumn preparation with the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington an early target. 

Trainer Mick Price said the three-year-old would target the race second up before heading to Sydney.

“Without really locking in the dates at this stage I’m thinking that he’s going to have a lighter autumn campaign,” Price said.

“Given that he’s an entire we’ll try and enhance his value and will probably have him reasonably forward to resume over 1400m and then run second up in the Australian Guineas (1600m).

“He’ll then likely head to Sydney for the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and maybe into the (Australian) Derby (2400m).”

WATCH: Tarzino win the AAMI Victoria Derby


After fast-finishing runs in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), Tarzino displayed why he is one of the rising stars of Australian racing with a dominant victory in the $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m).

Price said the son of Tavistock was currently doing well in the spelling paddock but he would be mindful not to push too hard with the colt next preparation if he feels the spring campaign took too much out of him.

“Sometimes with horses that have had a Victoria Derby preparation you need to be a bit careful with them in the autumn but he’s a big, tough horse and we’ll see how we go,” he said.

“He’ll have around four or five weeks in the paddock and he’ll also do a bit of equestrian work just to keep his manners in check.”

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