Plan B for Sangster


A switch to next Tuesday for the Cambridge trials will help several trainers, but not the local partnership of Trent Busuttin (pictured) and Natalie Young with the stable star Sangster.

Sangster was to use the Cambridge trials, scheduled for yesterday, as a hitout before he heads back to Melbourne, the scene of his Group I Victoria Derby success last October. Sangster’s first-up Australian goal this campaign is the Group I $A1 million Australian Guineas, over 1600 metres at Flemington tomorrow week.

Sangster was geared up to run in an open 1200-metre heat, but heavy rain resulted in the track being deemed unsafe and the trials postponed until next week.

“He galloped yesterday morning but the trial would have finished him off nicely before he left,” said Young. “It’s just for fitness really. He’s still 10kg up on his ideal weight.”

Plan B now comes into operation for Sangster with the horse having a tougher hitout in trackwork tomorrow morning before his departure to Melbourne on Sunday.

Sangster has made two public appearances since his Victoria Derby triumph. He ran third over 1000 metres at the Paeroa trials then finished last in the Group I Waikato Draught Sprint (wfa 1400m) at Te Rapa.

As Busuttin said before the race, the sprint distance would be too short for Sangster so nothing much was expected of the son of Savabeel. But improvement is on the cards in the Australian Guineas, for which Mark Zahra has been booked to take the ride.

The main goal for Sangster is the Group I $A1.5 million AJC Derby over 2400 metres at Randwick on April 14, but he is also entered for the Group I $A1 million Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10 and is being considered for the Group I $A$2.25 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 7.