Is This the Next Derby Winner for Tavistock?

Mark Smith - Saturday October 16

After Daisies flagged her Oaks credentials in the Ethereal Stakes, Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr look to have another Classic contender in the Victoria Derby-bound Gunstock following his strong-finishing win in the Group III Caulfield Classic (2000m).

Gunstock - away he goes (image Pat Scala/Racing photos)

Sent off favourite following his third to El Patroness in the Super Impose Stakes, Gunstock turned the tables on his conqueror there.

Ridden by Jye McNeil, the son of Tavistock defeated the Shamus Award filly El Patroness by one and three-quarter lengths with the Dundeel gelding Teewaters a length back in third.

“He wants further and a big track. Blinkers on today and he didn’t overdo it which is good,” Kent said.

“From an inside draw, Jye got a lovely spot. I’ve always liked this horse. A beautiful colt and hopefully we can get him to the Derby.

“It was the right time to do it because he’s going to go up in distance a fair bit now to the Derby. Today we were going to have a look and see if they worked. They do work for this breed a lot.

“He’s a very laid-back customer. I saw him in the yard there and he was almost half asleep. He’s got a huge stride and Flemington will be his go.

“We were a bit unsure coming in. He worked and trialled on soft and heavy we weren’t so sure he loved it, so I think he’ll be better on top of the ground.

Gunstock Jye McNeil (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

An $80,000 pinhook by Ohukia Lodge from the Cambridge Stud draft from Book 1 at Karaka, Gunstock made $135,000 to the bid of Import Racing at the 2020 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale.

A brother to the Group II ATC Phar Lap Stakes and Group II Carbine Club Stakes runner-up The Irishman, Gunstock is out of the unraced Zabeel mare Zeranti is out of a half-sister to stakes-winner Snapshots and Express a Smile the dam of triple Group 1 winner Sea siren, Group III winner and successful sire Oratorio (AUS) and Listed winner Discord.

Gunstock a $135,000 Inglis Ready 2 Run purchase

DGR Thoroughbred Services and Snowden Racing outlaid $200,000 for a brother to Gunstock a the 2021 NZB Karaka Book 1 Yearling Sale.

Zeranti was covered by Belardo (IRE) last spring.

Gunstock becomes the 32nd stakes-winner for Cambridge Stud’s late Montjeu stallion Tavistock.


Race Result - Neds Classic Gr3 2000m

Caulfield Track: Soft(7) Time: 2:05.52
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jye McNeil 57
3c Tavistock (NZ) x Zeranti (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $135,000
V:Ohukia Lodge, Cambridge, NZ
B: Import Racing Pty Ltd
NZB Karaka Book 1 $80,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Ohukia Lodge
El Patroness
T: D T O'Brien J: B Prebble 55
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Sure You Can (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 57
3g Dundeel (NZ) x My Girl Lil (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Sebastian The Fox
T: Shay Keating J: Jarrod Fry 57
3g Foxwedge (AUS) x High Above (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $26,000
V:Glenelg Park, Euroa
B: Michael Rea Pty Ltd
Tiz Magic
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: John Allen 57
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Cinnadream (AUS) (King Of Kings (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $140,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: HBL Racing
T: Symon Wilde J: Craig Williams 57
3c Kermadec (NZ) x Sunup (AUS) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Inglis 2020 AUGUST (Early) Online Sale $10,000
V:St Aubins Stud
Antonio Giovanni
T: C J Waller J: Damien Thornton 57
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Kaaptive Empress (AUS) (Kaaptive Edition (NZ))
T: James Cummings J: Damian Lane 57
3c Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Miniature (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Reset The Jazz
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 57
3g Reset (AUS) x Andallthatjazz (AUS) (Bianconi (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $6,000
V:Merton Creek Thoroughbreds, Merton
B: Lindsay Park Bloodstock
Turn It Up Tommy
T: Denis Pagan J: Lachlan King 57
3g Tivaci (AUS) x Zelitist (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $80,000
V:Ohukia Lodge, Cambridge, NZ
B: Flemington Bloodstock
NZB Karaka Book 1 $50,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Ohukia Lodge / Huntingdale Lodge
T: M E Templeton J: J Maskiell 57
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Gypsy Whisper (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
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