Despite having undergone a knee operation over the summer co-trainer Leon Corstens is confident of getting promising colt Mr Individual up to Group 1 following a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival return.
The three-year-olds on of Starspangledbanner hasn’t traced since a win over the Caulfield mile in mid-October last year.
Before that the three-time winner was sixth to Bon Aurum in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) beaten under one and a half lengths.
Following his spring campaign the youngster underwent an operation on his knee, but the horse is now back in pre-training and looking the goods for his autumn return.
Crostens, who trains out of Melbourne in partnership with his son Troy, said the untapped galloper would return to racing towards the end of the autumn in Sydney and could eventually make it out over a mile.
“He pulled up a little bit iffy after his last win and he had a knee operation and he’s been out for a while,” Corstens told Racing Victoria.
“We’ll give him plenty of time to get him right before we head anywhere, we’re hoping towards the end of the carnival over in Sydney.
“He’s a bit untapped really, I thought that he’d definitely get a mile, he might even get a little further later on.
“He’s a lovely horse in the making, he’s a beautiful looking horse and hopefully he can go on and win a couple of Group 1s later on and might become a sire.”
The team is also happy with the off-season progress of Shamardal mare Vezalay.
Third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) last August before two brave but unplaced Group runs when beaten under a length by Amicus in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (sixth) and Politeness in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m), the four-year-old was last seen winning a Listed sprint over 1100m at Caulfield on October 17.
She was down to have a Flemington jumpout on Friday morning, but the trials were called off interrupting the Group 1 performer’s lead-up preparation.
“I’m really pleased with her,” Corstens said.
“She came down with a bit of a virus so we missed the last run here at Flemington with her.
“She’s done really well while she was out, but I’d like to see her trial before deciding where we go.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we head to Sydney and we start off there instead of starting off here, we’ll just wait and see.”
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