Sangster on Lion Tamer path

Cambridge three-year-old Sangster will continue to follow the path of last year’s VRC Derby winner Lion Tamer right through to the Flemington feature next month.

Sangster has been campaigning in Sydney, just as Lion Tamer did, and has now headed to Melbourne to complete his Derby preparation. The son of Savabeel became a Group One placegetter last weekend when finishing on strongly in the hands of James McDonald to run third behind Doctor Doom and Darci Be Good in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

“He go held up from the 600 to the straight and that probably cost him a bit, but the main thing is he found the line well,” said trainer Trent Busuttin. “He’s the only one from the main ones in the race who is heading to Melbourne for the Derby. He’s doing very well and he showed he can stay.”

Sangster began his Sydney campaign on a high note when winning over 1200 metres at Warwick Farm, then took in the same three Sydney races contested 12 months earlier by Lion Tamer. He was second in the Listed Ming Dynasty Stakes and eighth in the Group III Gloaming Stakes before his fine Spring Champion Stakes effort.

Murray and Bjorn Baker prepared Lion Tamer for five Australian races last season and the results were a win in the Ming Dynasty Stakes,  a seventh in the Gloaming Stakes and a fifth in the Spring Champion Stakes. Lion Tamer then trekked to Melbourne where he was second in the AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley before crushing his rivals with a six and a half-length win in the VRC Derby.

“Sangster will go to Moonee Valley next, just the same as Lion Tamer, and that will give me a good line on his Derby chances,” said Busuttin. “Really his only bad run over there was in the Gloaming and I was hoping it was the hard track at Rosehill and that’s what seems to have been the case.”