Former Victoria Derby winning New Zealander Sangster is set for their fifth Australian campaign this coming Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with plans to target the 2014 Sydney Cup in April.
The talented son of Savabeel made their first trip down under in mid-2011 racing firstly in Sydney, including their good third to Doctor Doom in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, and then Melbourne.
They hit the headlines as a three-year-old that season when taking out the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington as a $12 shot over the Peter Snowden-trained Induna.
Their next campaign in Oz last autumn was far from successful however.
It included failed bids in the Australian Guineas (15th to Mosheen), the Rosehill Guineas (15th to Laser Hawk) and the Australian Derby (9th to Ethiopia).
Back home in NZ this year they enjoyed a form return and were able to win the Group 1 Auckland Cup over the two miles at Ellerslie in March.
That victory earned them another shot in Sydney and at their second start at Rosehill for the prep they were a close third to Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) despite a pre-race incident.
Thinks were hit and miss again this spring however, Sangster last seen running dead last when beaten nearly 24 lengths by Happy Trails in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5.
Trainer Trent Busuttin though still has faith that Sangster can win another Group 1 in Australia.
There were excuses for their failed Turnbull bid too which was run on an unsuitably firm track.
“He just jarred up on the firm tracks but he’s over that now,” Busuttin told Racing Victoria this week.
He believes that after their good effort over the 3200m in the Auckland Cup that they are deserving of a shot over the same distance in next year’s $1 million Group 1 Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick on April 26.
“He comes back into work shortly and he’ll be aimed towards the Sydney Cup,” the Cambridge-based horseman said.
“The Sydney Cup’s now worth $1 million so it looks a nice race for him, he just wants some cut out of the ground.”
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