Tait and Nivison unearth a nice one

The stunning Cherry Tortoni and jockey Billy Egan after their win in the 1200m Maiden Plate at Sale last week. Photo: Racing Photos.

Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison looked to have a handy gelding in the form of Cherry Tortoni, who is currently prepared by Patrick Payne.

The two-year-old gelding, who is by Night Of Thunder, and out of Tortoni, really caught the eye when winning a 1200m Maiden Plate at Sale on May 27.

Jumping from barrier 10 in a field of 12, jockey Billy Egan was caught wide, but Cherry Tortoni travelled well and ran away for a comfortable 1.5 length victory.

The stunning chestnut was well-supported in the markets too, starting a $4.80 favourite in the open field, and looks to have some real ability.

“It was a really nice win at Sale against some good opposition,” Tait said.

“Patrick (Payne) has always had a decent rap on him, and the way he raced on debut was very impressive; he looks to have a bright future.”

Tait could not confirm where his gelding would go next, but did hint that at a possible Flemington trip was on the cards.

“Nothing has been set in concrete yet as far as his next run, but there is the possibility that he will start in a 1400m race at Flemington,” Tait said.

Cherry Tortoni certainly has the pedigree to be anything, with Tortoni being out of Whisked, a Group One winning mare and the dam of champion, Tie The Knot.