Big plans for Tavistock's son Tannhauser

17 Jan 2018

Exciting sprinter Tannhauser is expected to again draw all the attention in the S$100,000 Kranji Stakes B Division 1 race over 1000m on Sunday.

Unbeaten at his last four starts, the Tavistock four-year-old will be bidding to keep the good run going, but will also be springboarding off that race – win, lose or draw - towards bigger riches this year.

Trainer Michael Clements is aiming the Jubilant Racing No 4 Stable-owned gelding towards two main campaigns – the Singapore Sprint Series followed by the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, which would, however, be restricted to only the first Leg, the Stewards’ Cup (1400m).

“He will be going for the three races of the Singapore Sprint Series, starting with the JBBA Rocket Man Sprint (1200m on April 1),” said the Zimbabwean-born trainer.

“So, after that Kranji Stakes B race, we will run him in either a Class 1 or 2 race over 1200m and we will then set him for the Rocket Man.

“Then we will go for the two other Legs, the Merlion Trophy (1200m) and the Lion City Cup (1200m), and after that the first Leg of the 4YO series.”

For now, Clements is focused on the task at hand. He is aware the opposition spearheaded by Deimos is a little meatier on Sunday, but he is confident enough of a good showing.

“He’s been training well since his last run (won a Class 3 race over 1000m). He actually already had a break before that run,” Clements said.

“He has come on well and has strengthened up. His barrier trial last week (January 11) was very good (won). All in all, condition-wise, I couldn’t be happier with him.”

If there was to be a slight query, it would be the speed scamper.

“The only question mark is the distance. It’s a bit sharp for him,” Clements said.

“He’s been slow out of the gates a few times and 1000m doesn’t suit him. He has drawn the middle (six) and Vlad Duric knows how to ride him. In saying this, we believe he is in top form and he has the quality to be competitive in such a field.” -Singapore Turf Club