Offshore next stop for Achiever

Striking Achiever (Trudy Thornton) starting his career off on a high note at Ruakaka.

Striking Achiever (Trudy Thornton) starting his career off on a high note at Ruakaka.

Cambridge three-year-old Striking Achiever qualified for Hong Kong with his debut win at Ruakaka last week, but there’s no certainty he will be heading to Asia.

What is certain is that his next start will be overseas, if not in Hong Kong then possibly from the new Cranbourne stable of his trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

The connections of Striking Achiever put up the extra $1000 to meet the $8000 “old” qualifying clause in the Ruakaka event and the Lonhro youngster delivered the goods, winning by three-quarters of a length in the hands of Trudy Thornton.

“The owner (Nester Chan) had an old permit which expires on May 30,” said Busuttin. “We’ve done our job and he’s gone straight out to paddock for a spell.

“He (Chan) will decide whether to take him up to Hong Kong or send him to Melbourne with us.

“He’s a VOBIS horse so there are opportunities for him in Melbourne. He’s a progressive horse.”

Striking Achiever had looked very promising in his three trials, winning over 800 metres at Cambridge last November and again earlier this month. Between times he finished second to the exciting and unbeaten Let Me Roar at the Te Aroha trials last December.

Even if Striking Achiever doesn’t join the Busuttin – Young squad in Melbourne, the stable will have two other horses owned by Chan — Natural Achiever, who is unbeaten in two starts, and Make Me Achiever, a trials winner who was third on debut at New Plymouth last March.

Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin ready for the shift to Victoria (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin ready for the shift to Victoria (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

“They’re both nice staying horses who should be suited over there,” said Busuttin. “We’ve got another 10 earmarked for Melbourne that we were supposed to trial up at Waipa today, but the trials are off.

“Among them are a couple of unraced Savabeels, a couple of Fastnet Rocks, a Pins, a Rip Van Winkle, an O’Reilly and a Shamoline Warrior.”

Busuttin and Young are set to launch their training careers in Victoria with a strong team, both in quality and quantity.

Their Gr. 1 Australian Derby winner Tavago and Gr. 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes runner-up Sicario have gone into pre-training at Troy and Leon Corstens beach property on the Mornington Peninsula, while Mabeel is also set to follow Busuttin and Young to Victoria.

“Tavago has had a good spell and will be ready to come into our stable when we get going at the end of July,” said Busuttin. “The Caulfield Cup is his aim and he’ll either kick off in the Memsie Stakes or Makybe Diva Stakes.”

The shift to Victoria is starting to roll along for Busuttin and Young with the latter in Cranbourne this week sorting our accommodation, schooling for their two children, and meeting with representatives of the Cranbourne Turf Club.

“We won’t have many more runners here this season,” said Busuttin. “We’re gearing up for the shift.”

Busuttin and Young have a good strike rate of 5.05 in New Zealand this season with only three stables slightly better than them in the top 21. Their 101 starters have resulted in 20 wins, including four black-type events.

But, of course, their achievements in New Zealand are completely overshadowed by the season’s highlight in Sydney of winning the $A2 million BMW Australian Derby.