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Heir of Tavistock strikes at Bendigo

Heir of Tavistock scored his second career win on Thursday under a patient ride from Damien Thornton at Bendigo.

The four-year-old gelding was backing up off a last-start runner-up finish at Echuca a fortnight ago and went one better to win the BET365 Odds Drift Protector BM58 (1600m).

Heir of Tavistock travelled sweetly on the rail with Lane biding his time till a gap presented itself coming onto the straight. Once urged forward the pair went on to win comfortably by half a length.

"He was probably unlucky last time out," Simon Zahra, who trains in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

"Being back on a bit of a firmer track he showed that, and the blinkers back on. He had been showing good form he just struck those wet tracks and didn't really appreciate them.

"The form was there and he (Lane) rode terrific. He let the speed go and got the split at the right time. It was good to show that good turn of foot that he has shown us at home."

Heir of Tavistock broke his maiden as a three-year-old when dead heating at Cranbourne, two starts later he travelled south to Hobart for the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) where he was unplaced.

Zahra said he had no set plans for the son of Tavistock over the coming months.

"He has got a lot of upside, he had only won half a race before today," he said.

"We took him down to Tasmania and thought he would be a nice Derby horse so he has obviously shown us a bit.

"He will get out of this grade and try and continue on, maybe freshen him up for the summer."

Heir of Tavistock  was bred by Trelawney Stud in partnership with Whakanui Stud and sold through the Trelawney Stud draft at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale.