Cambridge-based trainer Trent Busuttin has gained confidence that his Victoria Derby winner Sangster can race competitively against fellow Kiwi Silent Achiever and the locals in the Rosehill Guineas 2012 this Saturday after they came up trumps with barrier seven.
The $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) this year attracted a strong field of 20 acceptors, 18 starters plus two emergencies, with last-start New Zealand Derby winner Silent Achiever set to start the favourite before her horror barrier 17 draw.
“I guess that’s why I’ve employed (jockey) Hugh Bowman – to overcome things like this,” Silent Achiever’s trainer Roger James said in regards to the gate.
With Silent Achiever out wide and leading local hope Said Com, second to Mosheen in the Randwick Guineas last start, worst off out of the bunch with gate 20, Sangster’s gate seven draw is a genuine blessing.
“That 2000-metre start at Rosehill, it’s not a great place to draw wide and any trainer that tells you barrier draws don’t matter, it’s their horse that has drawn wide,” Busuttin said.
“You can’t beat barrier draws, especially at this level when there’s not much between the field.
“I was desperate to get a good draw with our horse and have him tucked up sixth, seventh or eighth and racing with cover and chasing something.
“I was more upbeat after the barrier draw than before it.”
The O’Reilly gelding enjoyed a terrific spring campaign down under which included a third to fellow Rosehill Guineas hopes Doctor Doom and Darci Be Good in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), close second to Sabrage (another Rosehill Guineas acceptor) in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) and then a tight win over Induna (one of three Rosehill Guineas hopes for Peter Snowden) in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
This season they have had three runs, the first two to be forgotten due to their unsuitably short distances with Sangster finishing eighth of eight in the Group 1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) first-up at home before their distant 15th to Mosheen in the Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile.
Last start Sangster stepped up to 2040-metres at Moonee Valley and looked far more competitive when crossing a length away third behind Highly Recommended in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes.
“I thought I had him a bit fitter than I did last start,” Busuttin said.
“(Jockey) Danny Nikolic felt he really blew out around the corner at Moonee Valley and had had enough by then, so he stuck on well.”
They will meet the Peter Moody-trained Highly Recommended again on Saturday drawn one outside of them for the Rosehill Guineas 2012, Sangster to race with blinkers to help them be more positive.
While confident of an improved run fourth-up, Busuttin knows Sangster is still a long shot for the Rosehill Guineas win.
“I don’t think he can win it but I want him running in the first five and I think up to the mile and a half, he will be spot-on for the Derby,” he said.
There’s also a chance they will tackle the older horses in the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Saturday week on Golden Slipper Day, Sangster paying a juicy $67.
“Realistically, I think the Derby over a mile and a half is our best chance of winning,” Busuttin said.
“He’s still in the BMW. If he raced really well on Saturday and it was a bog track for the BMW – he loves the mud and three-year-olds have a great record in the race – it wouldn’t be out of the question him backing up.”
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