Sangster on track for Foxbridge return

Auckland Cup winner Sangster is about to step up his workload for a return to racing in the Gr.3 $70,000 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate (wfa 1200m) at Te Rapa on August 17.

Sangster had a nine-week spell after finishing a game and close third behind Fiveandahalfstar in the Gr.1 BMW in Sydney on April 6 and co-trainer Trent Busuttin is pleased with his progress toward a campaign aimed at November’s holy grail, the Melbourne Cup.

“He’s been back in since the second week of June and he’s about to start galloping,” said Busuttin.. “He’s come back a bit heavier and is looking good. Maybe he’ll have a run at the Te Teko trials for a day out, but that’s not certain.”

Sangster is likely to have two New Zealand starts before he again heads across the Tasman. He will follow up his Foxbridge Plate outing with a start in the Gr.1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (wfa 1400m) at Hastings on August 31.

“He’ll then go over for the Underwood Stakes and will run in either the Turnbull Stakes or the Caulfield Stakes,” said Busuttin.”The Turnbull is set weights and penalties so is probably the better option, but the Caulfield Stakes is a week before the Caulfield Cup and it’s similar timing to when he went from the Darci Brahma into the Avondale Cup.

“The Auckland Cup was 17 days after the Avondale Cup so the timing between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups is also much the same. It worked last time so I’d like to replicate it.”

Sangster is the winner of three Group One events. He won the 2011 Gr.1 Victoria Derby then added the Gr.1 Darci Brahma International Stakes and the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup to his tally with the Gr.2 Cardinal Logistics Avondale Gold Cup sandwiched between the New Zealand Group Ones.

Busuttin and Young are also likely to have Airtime as a companion for Sangster in Melbourne. A winner of two of his five New Zealand starts, Airtime has had two runs in Sydney for a sixth and a third.

“He had no luck, but he went well enough,” said Busuttin. “He’ll have a month in John Sargent’s Sydney stable then come down to join Sangster in Melbourne.