Colt Rocking Along Toward Melbourne

The spearhead of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s Melbourne spring carnival team is progressing well. High-class colt El Roca returned to their Cambridge stable in early June and has impressed in an early hit-out.

“He had his first gallop on Saturday and he went really well,” Young said. “He’s coming up nicely and this time in, he’s carrying a bit more condition. “He’ll have a trial at Te Teko on the fifth (of August) and he’ll be on the plane on the 10th and run in the Regal Roller on the 16th and then on to the Memsie a fortnight later.”

The rising four-year-old son of Fastnet Rock will be chasing a Group One win in the spring to confirm his future stallion prospects. El Roca was twice placed in the elite grade in Sydney during the autumn when second in the Randwick Guineas and third in the George Ryder Stakes.

Three-time Group One winner Sangster, two Savabeel youngsters and Lonhro’s promising son Johnrho are also likely to be in the travelling party.

Sangster has returned from an extended break in fine fettle and is likely to resume in New Zealand before departing for Australia. “He looks fantastic and we’re really happy with him,” Young said. “We were battling with his feet last time in, but they are really good now.

“He’s done three weeks’ work and we could look at the Spring Classic here and then go over for races like the Moonee Valley Cup and the Sandown (Zipping) Classic.”

Johnrho’s sole appearance this season resulted in a second placing at Ruakaka behind the highly-regarded Southern Icon.