Australian adventure set to begin

Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin ready to make their mark in Victoria (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin ready to make their mark in Victoria (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

What was once a dream has quickly become reality for Cambridge couple Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young as their move to establish a training base in Australia enters its final phase.

Busuttin flew out of Auckland last night with a team of 15 horses to meet up with his partner and young family at the new Cranbourne base they will call home from now on. Young and their two children, Ben and Zara, have been at Cranbourne for the past three weeks settling into a new house, school and routine with Busuttin reporting they are all loving the new location.

“The kids are pretty adaptable and Ben has already started his new school so they seem to have settled in well,” he said.

“Natalie has been running around getting things ready and looking after the five horses we already have at the stable which includes Tavago and (El) Sicario.

“I’m heading over with the next planeload of 15 and there will be another 10 to come in about a month. That will fill 30 of the 45 boxes we have so the hard work starts now on trying to fill them up through our performance from here on.”

Despite the excitement and anticipation of the move Busuttin did admit to a few pangs of sorrow over the past days.

“We both have a touch of sadness as Cambridge has been a wonderful place to live and work and we have so many friends in the area that we’re leaving behind,” he said. “It’s a great community and we will miss it but the opportunity we have in front of us now is one that you could never turn down.”

Busuttin is excited about the prospects for his new stable with ATC Derby winner Tavago set to step out at the trials shortly.

“He has come back in superb order and he is nearly ready to go the trials,” he reported.

“At this stage he will trial on the 15th of August with his first run planned for the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on the 27th. His major target is the Caulfield Cup so as long as he comes through that first run well he will go to the Makybe Diva Stakes after that and then the Turnbull Stakes as his final lead-up.

“I think (El) Sicario is up to Group One level so he is another we’re really looking forward to getting back to the track. He will trial next week then we will look for a race in the provincials somewhere just to make sure he has his ringcraft right after a disappointing effort at Randwick to wind up his two-year-old season.”

While Busuttin or Young won’t be on hand at Avondale tomorrow they will sign off their New Zealand stable with maiden galloper Magnificent Time in the first race on the day’s programme.

“Magnificent Time will be our last runner and it would be great to go out on a winning note,” said Busuttin.

“Michael Kneebone manages the horse and he has been a tremendous supporter of ours for a number of years. To get a win for him would be a great way to finish off things here.”

NZ Racing Desk