Sangster ready for Sydney assault

Sangster isn’t expected to win the Group I $A400,000 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, but don’t be surprised to see him give a ton of cheek.

Sangster will be flown to Sydney on Thursday and ready to meet him at the airport will be co-trainer Natalie Young, who says she couldn’t be happier with New Zealand’s current staying star.

“He had a nice workout on Monday morning and he feels as good as he did prior to the Auckland Cup,” said Young, who is Sangster’s regular trackwork rider.

“He’s dropping back to 2000 metres (from 3200) on Saturday so we’ve had to keep him a bit fresh. It’s going to be a tough field, but he’s fit.”

Opie Bosson will continue his association with Sangster, on whom he has four rides for a second in the Listed Anniversary Handicap and wins in the Group I Darci Brahma International Stakes, the Group II Cardinal Logistics Avondale Gold Cup and the Group I Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup.

Young and her fiancée and training partner, Trent Busuttin, are hoping for a first three placing in the Ranvet Stakes to press on for the main Sydney target, the Group I $A2.25 million BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 4.

“The 2400 metres of the BMW is going to suit him better,” said Young. “It depends on these next two races where we go next. We may just wait and get him ready for the Melbourne Cup. We know he can get the 3200 metres.”