Heir's day to shine at Bendigo

Sep 26, 2019

Heir Of Tavistock finally got his moment to shine in his own right at Bendigo.

The gelding had to share the spotlight when he dead-heated for the win at the only other time he crossed the line first but Heir Of Tavistock was a strong winner of the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m).

Heir Of Tavistock showed what he could do when things went his way as he sprinted well after jockey Damien Thornton gave him a smooth run to the home turn, scoring by a length.

The son of Tavistock was unlucky not to have broken through at Echuca at his previous outing but relished the blinkers going back on and a bigger track in his Bendigo success.

Simon Zahra, who trains Heir Of Tavistock in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said Heir Of Tavistock would gain confidence from his win, which would lead to him being competitive in harder races than his latest $35,000 assignment.

“He was probably a bit unlucky the other day but being back on a firmer track with the blinkers back on helped,” Zahra said.

“He’d been showing some form but he struck those wet tracks, which he doesn’t like.

“The form was there, and Damien rode him terrific today. He let the speed go and got the split today, but the horse also showed the turn of foot that he had at home.

“He’s got a lot of upside.

“He’s shown us a bit of ability so we’ll try to get him out of this grade, and we might bring him back over summer.’

Heir Of Tavistock’s second win came at his 11th start while the $19,250 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to just shy of $50,000.

Congratulations to Heir Of Tavistock’s owners and all involved with the developing galloper’s Bendigo win.