Mid-race move seals deal for Travest

Mid-race move seals deal for Travest27 Apr 2021

Gifted 4-year-old Travest added to his record in fine style this afternoon at Warwick Farm for trainer Greg Hickman.

He had to do it the hard way for the third victory of his fledgling career after being caught wide in the early running before rider Jason Collett made an early move on the willing son of Tavistock.

Collett set Travest alight to loop the field and, after being in front before the home bend, stayed on strongly to score comfortably by half a-length.

“He was really good and had been knocking on the door. Jason gave him an 11 out of 10 ride after they were back and wide and made that lightning move when the pace slackened. The horse dug deep,” Hickman said.

“We’ve kept him fresh and happy and it’s all worked out well.”

Collett said the race didn’t unfold as he had expected, but felt he had little choice than to loop the field.

“It wasn’t what I was planning to do and when I was caught wide I had to go forward and he did the rest.”

Travest was offered by Cambridge Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale, but was passed in and subsequently sold for AU$155,000 to Hickman at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale via the Kiltannon Stables draft.

He is a son of the G3 Desert Gold Stakes winner Glamorous Girl and all seven of the Thorn Park mare’s foals to race have been successful. She is a half-sister to stakes winner So Elusive and the family of the G3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes winner Geeza.