A SMALL field could be the key to Taurisi continuing his rich vein of form in Hobart tomorrow night.
Winner of his last two starts the son of Always A Virgin “needs the right run” according to trainer Todd Rattray, which is likely to present itself against just five rivals.
Drawn barrier five, Taurisi will be close to the pace regardless of where he settles in the field.
“He is racing really well at the moment and will be hard to beat again,” Rattray said. “He needs a run like he got last time around to get into the race.
“It depends on how they run up front or what happens early, but in a small field though he won’t be far away.
“He’s got high speed and is always in the finish with the right run.”
Rattray is also expected to figure prominently with Zhukov Leis, which has drawn barrier three in the following event.
Unbeaten from two starts this term, the son of Somebeachsomewhere should have no trouble continuing his way through the grades according to the horseman.
“Zuk is a horse you can drive how you want as he is pretty versatile,” Rattray said. “He’s getting better all the time and can get further along in the classes.
“He will be better again from his last start as we had been pretty easy on him leading into that.”