Geelong Advertiser - Tac De Boistron

Oct 14, 2012

by Ryan Reynolds

TRAINER Mick Kent's quest to race on a soft track with Tac De Boistron could lead to the French import lining up in the Geelong Cup.

Kent is still in two minds over whether to head to Geelong on October 24 or run in the Caulfield Cup four days earlier.

Six-year-old Tac De Boistron will have a run before the Melbourne Cup and Kent was full of praise for the way the Geelong track was presented on cup day.

"The guys at Geelong over the last few years have had the give in the track beautiful," Kent said yesterday.

"It is beautiful ground. When you are running a horse in the Melbourne Cup, the last thing you want it to do is have an issue.

"At this stage I am favouring Geelong. The only reason why I'd go to Caulfield is if it is pouring rain."

Tac De Boistron's best French form has been on soft ground, but Kent did not read too much into that.

"They race on so many soft grounds over there," the Cranbourne trainer said.

of something going wrong which you don't need so close to the race (Melbourne Cup)."

Jockey Corey Brown is likely to take the ride if Kent sends Tac De Boistron to Geelong.

"At the moment anyway, Christophe Soumillon from France will ride him in the Melbourne Cup," Kent said.

"There is a weight issue. He may struggle to make the weight (53.5kg). He is engaged to ride him in the Melbourne Cup.

"I've spoken to Corey Brown and Glen Boss, so it will be one of those two at Geelong. They are pretty good at their craft."

Since arriving at Werribee on September 29, Tac De Boistron has pleased Kent with his work.

"I am happy with him. He is not a big horse," he said.

"He is not an impressive individual until you ride him. He has got a really good action. I trained him for eight weeks over in Newmarket (England). I had him pretty fit before he came."

The form around Tac De Boistron in France suggests Kent's horse will be a strong chance in both Cups.

The gelding ran a 2 1/2-length fifth behind France's best stayer Ivory Land. In previous years that sort of form would have Tac De Boistron as one of the spring's major players, but Kent said this year's Melbourne Cup was a tougher than usual race.

"It is a very strong year. Three or four years ago you could put a line through a few of them," Kent said.

"Everyone is getting better with what they buy and what they bring out."