Top sprinter in Busuttin – Young stable

Gig showing her winning style in Australia. (Photo: NZTM/ Darryl Sherer).

Gig showing her winning style in Australia. (Photo: NZTM/ Darryl Sherer).


Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are hoping to have a crack at the Gr. 1 $250,000 J.R. & N. Berkett Telegraph Handicap at Trentham next month with a recent stable addition, former Australian mare Gig.

“She’s going to run in the Newmarket at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and it will all depend on what she does there,” said Busuttin of the six-year-old daughter of Commands.

“She probably wouldn’t back up in the Railway and more likely to go to the Telegraph. In the short time I’ve had her I don’t think she’s an ideal back-up horse.

“It’s all a bit unknown with her really, but we’ve been happy with her work.”

The winner of four races, Gig has been placed in the Gr.2 Lawrence Stakes and at Group Three level in the Bletchingly and Lee Stakes and the Victoria Handicap.

She was also sixth in both the Gr.1 William Reid Stakes and the Gr.1 Sangster Classic and during her last preparation in the spring she finished less than a length off Commanding Jewel in the Gr.2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington.

“You would think she would have to be pretty competitive here on that sort of form,” said Busuttin.

Formely owned by Darley, Gig began her career with Peter Snowden before she was put through an Inglis Sale and continued her career with Cranbourne trainer Shawn Mathrick.

”Mark Pilkington from Australia has got a couple of horses in our stable and through that relationship we got this mare,” Busuttin said.

“The aim with her is to get a bit more black type before she’s retired.”

—NZ Racing Desk