Bosson has eye on Auckland Cup

Opie Bosson will get the opportunity to test out Cambridge stayer Sangster as a serious Auckland Cup contender at Te Rapa tomorrow.

Bosson had his first ride on Sangster in the Listed Anniversary Handicap at Trentham on January 19 and was suitably impressed by the horse’s second placing behind Glad to take the ride in Saturday’s Group I Darci Brahma International Stakes, the feature staying event at the Waikato Racing Club’s meeting.

Adding further sway to Sangster’s chances in the weight-for-age event and ultimately the 3200-metre Auckland Cup at Ellerslie next month is the fact Bosson passed up the opportunity to ride the ultra-consistent Lady Kipling in the Darci Brahma International.

Bosson has been aboard the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained mare in all bar one of her five starts this campaign with the results being two wins, including the Group II NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, and two Group One seconds, the latest coming last start in the Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

Sangster provided his trainers, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, with their biggest win last season when taking the Group I VRC Derby at Flemington and he has had three starts this campaign.

He was unplaced in his first two starts this term, but indicated with his Anniversary Handicap performance that he is on the right track heading towards the Auckland Cup.

He was entered for the first day of the Waikato meeting last weekend, but his trainers decided to wait for the International Stakes.

“It’ll mean he’ll have a one week back up to his next start, the Avondale Cup, but that shouldn’t be a problem,” said Busuttin. “He’s big enough and strong enough. The Avondale Cup is a good leadup because there’s no rehandicap for the Auckland Cup.”