The outstanding start Tarzino has made to his stallion career has gained further recognition across the Tasman with his gifted daughter Gypsy Goddess acknowledged as Australia’s 2021-22 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.
The David Vandyke-trained representative’s honour is a notable achievement for the New Zealand breeding industry as only one other Kiwi-bred decorated at the award’s ceremony was Champion Stayer Verry Elleegant.
The first-crop representatives of Westbury Stud resident Tarzino also includes farm graduate and G1 South Australian Derby winner Jungle Magnate, who was subsequently sold to Hong Kong interests.
Gypsy Goddess won her first four starts last season, including the G3 Grand Prix Stakes, and then campaigned in Sydney where she finished third in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes and runner-up in the G1 Australian Oaks.
She then returned to the Sunshine State to run second in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet before rounding out her three-year-old campaign in style with a hollow victory in the G1 Queensland Oaks.
Vandyke has plans for his stable star to head back to Sydney next month for a first-up crack at the A$10 million Golden Eagle to be run over 1500 metres at Rosehill on October 29.
Gypsy Goddess was bred by part-owner Dr Chris Lawler and the renowned Australian veterinarian originally purchased Tarzino for $45,000 at Karaka in 2014.
He had bought the son of Tavistock for a client who sadly passed away three weeks later and Tarzino was subsequently secured by trainer Mick Price for A$60,000 when reoffered at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.
Lawler remained in the ownership group of the two-time Group 1 winner and later purchased Gypsy Goddess’ dam Invisible Coin to support the stallion on his retirement to Westbury.
By Redoute’s Choice, Invisible Coin is booked for a return visit this season to Tarzino, as is close relation More Mischievous who is currently in foal to the stallion.