Sangster On Track For Group One


Cambridge trainer Trent Busuttin (pictured) will step up the work with his smart three-year-old Sangster this week in the buildup towards Group One assignments in Australia.

Busuttin has given Sangster two starts in his Australian campaign and the results have suggested the horse is a realistic prospect for
the Group I $A400,000 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 1. And if Sangster performs well in that three-year-old feature he will head to Melbourne for a tilt at the $A1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on October 29.

Sangster left New Zealand with a record of two starts for a first-up juvenile win at Hawera and an unplaced effort in the Listed Castletown Stakes at Foxton. Either side of those races Sangster had been a trials winner with the Sydney campaign being given  the green light after his win at the Te Teko trials on August 2.

Sangster won fresh-up in Sydney, taking a 1200-metre event at Warwick Farm on August 23 when ridden by Cambridge jockey James McDonald. He then stepped up from that three-year-old benchmark 65 event to finish a half-length second to Ambidexter in the Listed Ming Dynasty Handicap (1400m) at
Warwick Farm on September 3.

“I was a bit light on him between those first two runs over there,” said Busuttin. “He’d done just average in the first week there and I was war of the 10-day backup. Now that he’s settled in I’ll get more work into him.”

Despite being a touch easy between runs, Busuttin was thrilled with Sangster’s stakes effort. “He was left a sitting duck and raced a bit green,” said Busuttin. “Even so he’s only got run down the last bit. It’s good to have a horse that can race up on the pace, but ideally I’d like to see him settle a bit more, getting a nice  tuck in fourth or fifth.”

Sangster was ridden in the Ming Dynasty Handicap by former South African rider Glyn Schofield, who was very pleased with the horse. “He feels there’s a fair bit of improvement in him and he wants to ride him again,” said Busuttin.

The next mission for Sangster is the Group III $A200,000 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Randwick on Saturday and being his toughest test of stamina to date he will come under close scrutiny.

While Busuttin was in Sydney with Sangster, his fiancée and training partner Natalie Young saddled up the stable’s promising two-year-old Hollywood Angel to finish second on debut at Wanganui.

Hollywood Angel had been a trials winner going into the first juvenile event of the season and in the race she flashed home late, making ground strongly on the winner, Reais.

“She was just lost for early speed, but she’ll learn a lot from that race,” said Busuttin. “She’ll go for the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham.”

An Australian-bred daughter of Dehere, Hollywood Angel is raced by her breeders, Blandford Lodge’s Graeme and Helen-Gaye Bax along with their
daughter, international model, Kylie Bax.