Tac de Boistron Melb bound

Aug 29, 2012

In an era where trainers and owners have been looking abroad for staying prospects for our major spring races, the stable is pleased to have secured exciting galloper Tac de Boistron.

Half owned by stable clients with a group put together by Darren & Elizabeth Dance's Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Tac de Boistron - known around the stable as "The French Horse" - is due to arrive Australia with the first wave of imports on Grand Final Day.

Overcoming trouble in running to win the Gr.2 Prix Maurice De Nieuil at Longchamp at his most recent outing on July 14, Tac de Boistron has won five of his 26 starts and is highly regarded by jockey Christophe Soumillon.

"It was he who suggested to the trainer that he was a horse who they should be looking at the Melbourne Cup with," said Racing Victoria's international scout Leigh Jordon.

Already fully qualified for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Tac de Boistron is proven over distance - his latest succes coming over 2800m whilst he won over 3100m at Listed level at Saint-Cloud last November.

A horse who has been working his way through the classes, Tac de Boistron caught the eye of Racing Post's analysts with his Prix Maurice De Nieuil victory.

"Tac de Boistron made up a huge amount of ground after being locked on the rail," they reported - "landing the spoils in the shadow of the post."

Watch Tac de Boistron's impressive performance (in the pink with pink/black star cap) at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qWw2FkRCPk

You can also see his Listed Prix Denisy victory at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrNW45QcNa4

And his Listed Prix la Moskowa second two starts ago at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t1AzexVYyA

A member of the Kenmare sire line through the Prix d' Ispahan winner Highest Honor and the triple Gr.3 winning miler Take Risks, Tac de Boistron is a half brother to the 11 times winning stayer Pondimari out of the Sicyos mare Pondiki.

Pondiki is a daughter of the stakes placed Bon Mot mare Tikiti, half-sister to the Gr.2 winning stayer Philyra and the Listed winning miler Jik. This is a family that has been represented by stakes winners throughout the world – including Jackdidi (France), Amphitheatre and Icy Air (South Africa).

Michael has been at  Newmarket overseeing Tac de Boistron's preparation and has been taken by what he has seen so far.

"He is not a particularly imposing horse when you first take a look at him," he said, "but once he gets moving he really starts to impress."