NZ stud career an option for Tarzino

Dual Group One winner Tarzino could return to the land of his birth to start his stallion career.

The Mick Price-trained stayer, who was being aimed at the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup, is likely to be retired after a ligament injury.

Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud, who owns 30 per cent of the entire, told the Geelong Advertiser that they were exploring all of their options.

"Being a son of Tavistock, there is no hotter property in New Zealand at the moment," he said. "We have spoken to a couple of New Zealand stud farms about whether they have any interest.

"We are not looking to sell any of our ownership in the horse. We are just working out whether we partner with a New Zealand farm to give the horse the best possible chance to be a success."

A $45,000 purchase out of Cambridge Stud's 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock's Select Sale draft, Tarzino posted Group One wins last season in the Rosehill Guineas and the VRC Derby.

The injury that forced him to be scratched from the recent Gr.1 Caulfield Cup has now spelled the end of his racing career.

"He's got a couple of niggly things across his back and in one of his joints that probably restricted him from showing his best this time in," Mithen said.

"The disappointing news was that it was going to take six months in the paddock to recuperate fully and by that stage you are probably out of action for the autumn and the 2017 breeding season is looming." – NZ Racing Desk.


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