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Trainer John Sargent has been pleased with the form and class displayed by Gust Of Wind this time in, but is confident the talented mare will take plenty of improvement from her appearance in Sunday’s featured Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Gust Of Wind experienced a meteoric rise to prominence through her debut preparation in autumn; making a competitive transition to black type company when fourth in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) in only her third start before claiming success in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) a week later.
Having performed well in a pair of major Sydney races this time in, Sargent is thrilled with the condition of the classy daughter of Darci Brahma and is believes she is well on her way towards peak condition for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
“She is just where I want her,” Sargent told Racing Ahead.
“Whatever she does on Saturday she will improve on and that will top her off for Caulfield.
“She drops down in the weights there and then it is the Melbourne Cup.
“She is working very well and as like as she is hitting the line like her first run then I will be very happy and I’ll know she is on track for the Cups.
“I don’t think she can beat Kermadec and co. over that distance with the weights, but over 2400 and two miles I think that we will see the best of her.”
Sargent confirmed Craig Williams will take the ride on Gust Of Wind in the 2015 Turnbull Stakes but is yet to confirm a hoop for her major Spring Carnival targets.
“Craig Williams will ride on Saturday just for a one off and he goes to the Japanese horse for the Cups after that,” Sargent said.
“Glen Boss has been on the phone and a few of the other lightweight riders as well.
“We are just taking Saturday and obviously if she runs well we will have more trying to get on.
“We have just left it for this race and then we will speak to the owners and decide what we want to do.”
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