By Glenn Davis
Tarzan’s reputation as the best short course specialist in Queensland goes on the line at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The seven-year-old makes his return with a mammoth 61.5kgs in the Open Handicap (1000m).
Tarzan has an impeccable record over short trips winning 14 of his 35 starts and trainer Stu Kendrick is confident he’ll carry the big weight to victory.
“I thought about using an apprentice but there’s not too many three kilos apprentices around,” Kendrick said.
“He’s got a big weight with 61.5kgs but he’s big and strong and should be able to carry the weight.”
Tarzan hasn’t raced since completing a hat-trick of wins and his first over 1200 metres at Doomben in August.
“He’s ticked off the 1200 metre box now so we might aim him for the Magic Millions Sprint in January,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick said Tarzan has been in work a long time and is ready for a strong first-up showing after beating talented sprinter Baccarat Baby in an 850-metre barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast last month.
“He’s been in work for some time and is coming along really well,” he said.
“He’s probably going better than at any previous time and he’s like a fine wine which gets better with age.
“I’ll probably give him his next run over 1000 metres at the Sunshine Coast in two weeks.
“I was going to run him two weeks ago at Caloundra when he had 64.5kgs but I decided to scratch when we got a lot of rain.”
Tarzan has an excellent record first-up with three wins from seven attempts and has won 12 of his 23 starts over 1000 metres.
He has only started once at Eagle Farm due to the track undergoing major reconstruction in recent times when he finished seventh in a 1200-metre race for three-year-olds in June, 2016.
Kendrick said connections were tempted to send Tarzan to Melbourne for the spring but the prizemoney in Queensland during the summer carnival was just as attractive.
Racing Queensland webnews October 23