Sangster likely to miss Caulfield Cup

A Caulfield Cup start is unlikely for Sangster after the Auckland Cup winner jarred up when tailing the field home in last Saturday’s Gr. 1 $A500,000 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Following an encouraging sixth in the Gr. 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last month, Sangster was expected to run a bold race when stepping up to 2000 metres in the Turnbull Stakes, but he dropped out sharply over the final stages to finish a clear last, 23 lengths from the winner, Happy Trails.

“The track was very hard and he felt it,” said co-trainer Trent Busuttin. “He jarred up badly and at this stage it’s doubtful that he’ll get to the Caulfield Cup. The third declaration is due tomorrow so we have to make a decision by then, but it’s hard to warrant making the next payment the way he is.”

Sangster raced in concussion plates last weekend, though Busuttin says that is nothing new for last season’s NZ Champion Stayer.

“We’ll take him to the beach to swim for the week and see if he gets any better,” said Busuttin. “On his Auckland Cup form I always thought he’d be a chance in the Caulfield Cup, but it’s unlikely we’ll get there.”

Though likely to miss the Gr. 1 $A2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday week, Sangster is still a chance to get to the Gr. 1 $A6 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5.

Provided he recovers quickly from his soreness, Sangster could start in either the Gr. 2 $A250,000 Drake International (Moonee Valley Gold) International Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 or the Listed $A240,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m) at Bendigo four days later.

“We’ll try and get him to one of those races. If not there’s a chance he may even come home,” said Busuttin. “We’ll now more in a week or so.”

Though disappointed with Sangster’s setback, Busuttin is thrilled with stablemate El Roca in preparation for the Gr. 1 $A1 million BECKS Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

“I’m rapt in him,” said Busuttin. “He’ll gallop tomorrow morning and Craig Newitt will ride him again on Saturday.”