Forget Sangster’s Rosehill failure

Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are pressing forward with a start in the Group I AJC Derby witrh Sangster despite a failure in last weekend’s Rosehill Guineas.

Sangster, winner of the Group I Victoria Derby last spring, was expected to be a serious chance in the Group I Rosehill feature, but he beat just two runners home, finishing nine lengths behind the winner, Laser Hawk.

“It was a very average ride and things just didn’t go right for him,” said Busuttin, who was on hand for the event. “Even so it was disappointing. He is a bit of a sook when things don’t go his way and that’s what happened last weekend.

 “He drew well and the plan was to go forward and be handy, but he was slow away then pushed up to get handy. He started over-racing and clipping heels and was forever being buffeted.

“By the time he had settled they had got to the 500 metres and he did nothing from there. I thought he might have run on a bit and passed a few.

“It’s a race we’ve just got to forget. He’s been to Rosehill twice and gone bad both times.”

 Sangster was racing in blinkers for the first time and the headgear didn’t help with his racing manners after being kicked up in the early stages.

“The blinkers will come off for the Derby,” said Busuttin. “He’s well in himself and I know he’s spot on, but he’s just got to have things go a bit more his way.

“The plan is to run up on the pace in the first six in the Derby. He’s over there so he might as well have a go. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

Busuttin has yet to decide on a rider for Sangster in the $A1.5 million David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday week, but he confirmed last weekend’s rider, Danny Nikolic, won’t be in the saddle.

Meanwhile Busuttin confirmed Wellington Cup winner Six O’Clock News is being readied for a Queensland Winter campaign. The talented stayer will be flown to Brisbane late this month and he aimed at all the staying races.

“He’s gone up two kilos for finishing third in the Auckland Cup so is handicapped out of it over here,” said Busuttin. “We’re forced to take him to Aussie. There are plenty of races in Queensland for him, races like the O’Shea Stakes, Ipswich Cup, Brisbane Cup, Calounda Cup. He just needs to get some good ground and he should pay his way.”