Tivaci claims CS Hayes Stakes
23 Feb 2016The fortunes of two sought-after stallion prospects have swung on the result of a protest hearing at Flemington.
The Darren Weir-trained Palentino was first past the post in the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes ahead of the Mike Moroney-trained Tivaci (High Chaparral x Breccia).
Craig Williams lodged a protest after being pushed wide at the 900m on Tivaci in Saturday's race when Mark Zahra came out abruptly on Palentino.
Williams claimed the interference cost his mount up to two lengths, much more than the shorthead that separated the pair at the finish.
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said Tivaci went from racing three wide to being out six wide.
"We believe the interference exceeds the winning margin and without the interference Tivaci would have won the race," Bailey said.
Moroney said the decision to uphold the protest was a massive decision as it provided Tivaci with all-important black type as a future stallion.
Tivaci is likely to head towards the Australian Guineas on March 5.
Tivaci's dam Breccia is a daughter of Luna Tudor, a well loved member of the Trelawney broodmare band till she passed away in 2015 due to foaling complications. Luna Tudor is the dam of seven runners for six winners including Gr.1 winner Allez Wonder (Redoute's Choice), a graduate of Trelawney's 2007 NZB draft, and Gr.3 winner Pretty Pins, a 2010 NZB graduate.