More Group One goals for Sangster

Dual Group One winner Sangster has a good chance to push his case further for an overseas invitation when he contests the Group II Cardinal Logistics Avondale Cup at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have set Sangster for the Group I Auckland Cup next month and are looking even further ahead with the son of Savabeel.

“I’m hoping he will get an invitation to the SIA (Singapore International Airlines) Cup in Singapore on May 19,” said Busuttin. “It’s a Group One worth $3 million over 2000 metres and it can be run on a wet track, which would suit him.”

Sangster firmed in Fixed Odds betting favouritism for the Auckland Cup on March 6 when he decisively won the Group I Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa last Saturday.

“He’s a VRC Derby winner and he’s come back and won a Group One in New Zealand so he’s in with a good chance of being invited,” said Busuttin.

Both Busuttin and Young are familiar with the racing scene in Singapore. Busuttin spent 10 years in Singapore with the latter years as an assistant trainer for his father, Paddy, while Young was a trackwork rider in Singapore after shifting over from her hometown of Matamata.

“It would be good to go back with a good chance to win a big race,” said Busuttin. “He had to win last Saturday before we took it seriously. If he’d fallen in by a nose, I’d have dropped the idea. But he won so well and he didn’t have all favours. He was working to the 1000 metres and still had that sprint at the end.”

While awaiting any sign of an invitation, Busuttin and Young are looking for further Group race success this weekend, though it’s not imperative Sangster wins the Avondale Cup.

“I think he can win again, but if he is beaten I won’t be worried as long as he is running on,” said Busuttin. “If he finishes in the first three or four I’ll be happy. He can’t be rehandicapped if he wins and it’ll be good to see him drop down to 54.5kgs in the Auckland Cup.”

Sangster heads a strong attack on the Avondale Cup by Cambridge-trained horses. Other leading candidates from the centre are My Scotsgrey, Arcenciel, Savanah Rush, On The Level, El Soldado, Le Moussier and Miss Isle.