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Trent Busuttin’s progressive young Kiwi galloper Sangster has taken their first steps towards securing a start in the Spring Champion Stakes 2011 this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the three-year-old winning their first race down under at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.
Sangster was earlier this week one of 82 nominations for the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), to run at Randwick on October 1 Epsom Handicap Day, a race won by their father Savabeel back in 2004.
After being nominated for the elite level feature, Sangster was able to overcome the Heavy track conditions at Warwick Farm yesterday to narrowly defeat a small but quality field of rivals in the $27,000 Free Entry Today Handicap (1200m).
Sangster has now won two of their three career starts, all of which have been on Heavy ground.
They were exciting on debut back in May when posting an impressive six and a half length victory over 1200 metres back home in New Zealand before their last-start 11th, beaten nearly nine lengths at Foxton in June.
New Zealand’s ace apprentice hoop James McDonald, 19, had the ride aboard Sangster yesterday, and was full of praise for the improving galloper.
“His form is really good at home and he works like a good horse,” McDonald said.
The young jockey, who is eagerly awaiting the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnivals having a genuine Melbourne Cup chance with Scarlett Lady, tipped Sangster to show even more form when they are stepped up in distance.
“Wait until he gets over 2000 meters which is what we bought him here for, he’ll be pretty hard to beat them,” he said.
“He’s bred to stay.”
Sangster’s sire Savabeel was not only a Spring Champion Stakes winner, but the New Zealand-bred champion also enjoyed victory in the 2004 Cox Plate as a three-year-old.
If Sangster progresses through his spring prep in Sydney, there is every chance they could travel down to Melbourne for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22 having already been nominated for the famous weight-for-age feature.
Current 2011 Cox Plate odds at Luxbet have Sangster rated a $201 roughie.
Busuttin has pencilled in the $100,000 Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick on September 3 for Sangster’s next start.
“He is bred to be a mile and a half (2400m) horse so he probably shouldn’t be doing what he’s doing over 1200 metres,” Busuttin said.
“He’s nominated for the Spring Champion Stakes.
“The best three-year-olds probably go down to Melbourne for the Caulfield Guineas, he can get through the wet and you can get a wet spring in Sydney.”
Just in case, Sangster is also nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8, Luxbet currently paying $61 on Sangster in their 2011 Caulfield Guineas betting markets.
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