New Zealand’s Waikato Stud has secured a major interest in Newmarket Handicap contender Tivaci.
The Mike Moroney-trained four-year-old is a $17 chance for Saturday’s premier sprint at Flemington.
Tivaci is a dual Group Three winner and has been placed twice at Group One level in the Cantala Stakes and Toorak Handicap in the spring.
He goes to Saturday’s Newmarket as the last-start winner of the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m).
“We’ve always got an eye out and the competition for stallions is fierce across Australasia,” Waikato’s Mark Chittick told nzracing.co.
“Before his latest Listed win we were very interested and the impressive times he ran got us motivated to get moving on a deal.
“He’s by High Chaparral out of a Fastnet Rock mare and 1600 metres is his limit. As a three-year-old they tried to get him to a Derby, but it took a couple of races to learn that he wasn’t effective beyond a mile.
“He’s a fantastic specimen with a great turn of foot and his pedigree will really suit our broodmare band.
“We are very excited to have got the deal done and he will definitely be standing here at Waikato Stud later this year.”
Tivaci will stand at Waikato alongside Savabeel, Pins, Ocean Park, Sacred Falls, Rock ‘N’ Pop and Rios.No tags for this post.