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Derby Hero Awaits Victorian-Bound Trainers
Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have yet to confirm their departure date to Australia, but they will enjoy a Group One welcome shortly after they arrive, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge couple will begin the 2016-17 season from their new base at Cranbourne in Victoria with a star spring carnival contender in residence. Their Australian Derby winner Tavago (Tavistock) remained in Australia to spell following his stunning Classic victory at Randwick last month and will be pre-trained before they take over. "He's still out spelling and then he will be going to Leon and Troy Corstens' beach facility on the Mornington Peninsula for a month to six weeks work," Busuttin said. "All going well we will be going over sometime in mid to late July and he'll join us when we get there." Busuttin said the young stayer's primary spring target would be the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne. "We've mapped out a programme back from the Caulfield Cup with the Turnbull Stakes and the Makybe Diva Stakes, but that can all be subject to change," he said. From the unraced Zabeel mare Sara Ann, Tavago hails from the outstanding Gay Poss family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, Australian Oaks winner Mahaya, and her half-sister Shadea, the dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro.