THE hunt is on for a stud for Group 1 winner Tarzino.
The Mick Price-trained stayer who was being aimed at the Melbourne Cup is likely to be retired after suffering an injury to his oblique sesamoid ligament in his off foreleg.
Rosemont Stud owns 30 per cent of Tarzino and manager Anthony Mithen said connections were looking for a suitable place for their galloper to stand.
That place could even be in New Zealand where Tarzino’s sire Tavistock is very popular.
“We are exploring all of our options at the moment,” Mithen said.
“Being a son of Tavistock, there is no hotter property in New Zealand at the moment. We have spoken to a couple of New Zealand stud farms about whether they have any interest.
“We are not looking to sell any of our ownership in the horse. We are just working out whether we partner with a New Zealand farm to give the horse the best possible chance to be a success.
“Or we could stand him ourselves with Australian/Victorian-based partners.”
Tarzino, who claimed the VRC Derby last year and won the Rosehill Guineas in the autumn, had to be scratched for the Caulfield Cup earlier this month due to the injury.
Mithen said Tarzino’s injury was “nothing major”.
“He’s got a couple of niggly things across his back and in one of his joints that probably restricted him from showing his best this time in,” he said.
“The disappointing news was that it was going to take six months in the paddock to recuperate fully and by that stage you are probably out of action for the autumn and the 2017 breeding season is looming.
“The shrewdest decision commercially is to start thinking about a stud career rather than a race on career.”