SPRINTING marvel Tarzan had a 1200-metre win and Sydney success on his to-do list.
That list just got smaller, with the front-running gelding breaking through for his first win over the trip in the Tim Bell Memorial Handicap at Doomben on Saturday, August 3.
Now, conquering Sydney remains his main goal after a planned recent trip south was aborted.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said the decision was made to scratch from a Sydney race a fortnight ago after he drew wide with a big weight..
That choice proved a good one, with Tarzan ($7), ridden by Ryan Maloney, racking up his 14th career victory and his first from six attempts beyond 1100m on Saturday.
He had to work early but took up his customary role in front and was strong at the finish, winning by a head.
Kendrick said he'd now look for a 1000m or 1100m race in Sydney.
"He is such an honest horse and deserves to head to Sydney,'' he said.
Tarzan was a pick-up ride for Maloney, with regular jockey Luke Tarrant unavailable due to suspension.
Kendrick paid tribute to Tarrant for the work he's done with Tarzan.
"He told me he was ready to win at 1200 metres,'' Kendrick said.
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