Stable chasing trans-Tasman features

 Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are hoping for good fortune on both sides of the Tasman this weekend.

Busuttin is in Sydney with the promising three-year-old Hamacho, who is likely to contest the Listed $A100,000 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday while his partner will be at Wanganui with the stable representatives which include another impressive last-start winner Hollywood Angel, who will run in the Listed $50,000 Fordell O’Leary Fillies Stakes.

Hamacho had also been entered for the Listed $50,000 H.S. Dyke Wanganui Guineas (as had Hollywood Angel). “But that was just as a precaution in case something happened and the flight to Sydney didn’t go ahead,” said Busuttin. “He flew out as planned on Tuesday and I’ll be over for the race.”

Hamacho had also been entered for a 1350-metre $A50,000 event at Wyong tomorrow, but after studying both fields Busuttin believed it would be better taking on the richer event. “It’ll give us a good line on him,” said Busuttin. “I’ve booked Brenton Avdulla to ride him.”

 Hamacho broke through for his first win at Ruakaka last month and he created a huge impression, scoring by 10 lengths.

“He’s always shown us heaps of ability, but he wouldn’t settle in his early races,” said Busuttin. “We had him gelded and he’s come right. He was a bit fat fresh-up and he showed how good he is at Ruakaka last time. They don’t win maiden races by 10 lengths like he did and be no good.”

Hamacho begins his Australian debut in the same race stable star Sangster started his path towards victory in the Group I VRC Derby at Flemington last year. And the comparisons with Sangster don’t end there.

“I’ve always believed he could be as good as Sangster,” said Busuttin. “We’ll find out more in Sydney. He’s looking for 1600 metres now and his main aim is the VRC Derby.”

While Busuttin will be concentrating on Hamacho he will be keeping close tabs on the performance of Hollywood Angel in the Fordell O’Leary Fillies Stakes.

Hollywood Angel had been unlucky not to win a race as a two-year-old and when things finally went her way she exploded away from her rivals to score by five and a half-length win at Te Rapa. She had been placed in three of her previous four starts.

Michael McNab, who has formed a successful association with the Busuttin-Young stable, will ride Hollywood Angel on Saturday and Busuttin is expecting a big run from the filly.

“Really she wants 1400 metres, but on a wet track the 1200 on Saturday will be like 1400,” he said.”I really rate her. All going well she’ll head to Ellerslie for the Soliloquy Stakes after this and the 1400 metres there should suit her.”

 The stable will also be strongly represented in the first of the juvenile races for the season, the 94.4 The Sound 800 at Wanganui, with End Of The World and Frances. End Of The World, the mount of Mark Du Plessis, is an Australian-bred son of Magic Albert and was a winner at the recent Paeroa trials, while McNab’s mount, Frances, hasn’t trialled but has shown promise in trackwork.