A standout in his native Britain over the 2013 and 2014 racing seasons, trainer Sam Kavanagh has revealed talented six-year-old Tales Of Grimm will trial next week in the lead-up to an autumn campaign likely to include an appearance in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 14th.
Securing two wins and as many minor places over his 16 start career so far, Tales Of Grimm began his racing tenure under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before transferring to Kavanagh’s care partway through the 2014 spring.
Thrilled with the form and class displayed by the Distorted Humor gelding since arriving at his Malton stables, Kavanagh is excited by the prospects over success over the 2015 Autumn Carnival and believes the Victorian conditions may play into his strengths.
“We’re pretty excited about him. He’ll trial Tuesday so obviously it’s all going to depend on how he trials but his jump out yesterday morning was outstanding,” Kavanagh told Racing Ahead.
“The hard thing for a small stable is getting a guide on how good a nice horse is because obviously when you don’t have a heat to compare them against.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and his form in Europe suggests that he’s a very good horse and everything we’ve done with him here he’s done in second gear, so looking forward to getting him to the races and see where we go.
“I’ll start him off at Sandown at this stage in a seven furlong race.
“He’s been to the trials and performed well … to say that he’ll win first-up I’m not sure but certainly on the way he’s going nothing will surprise me at this stage.
“A lot of his best form was going down the straight. He was terrific at Royal Ascot and terrific at York and some of his Newmarket form has been outstanding. He went to Dubai and wasn’t very successful of the track and that’s going left-handed.
“It’s hard to place him in a race here in Sydney and there is a little bit of a change in the ratings … Melbourne he’ll get in well with the ratings and there’s a race like the Blamey Stakes he might end up in or qualifying for the better races in The Championships.”
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