Sangster to silence critics this campaign

Cambridge trainer Trent Busuttin has a point to prove with Sangster this season and he hopes to do it at Ellerslie on March 6.

That is the day Busuttin and his partner, Natalie Young, plan to have Sangster on hand for the Group I Auckland Cup (3200m).

Sangster became the stable star when he registered a game win in the Group I VRC Derby at Flemington last season. But the son of Savabeel has failed to win in five starts since the Melbourne feature, though he did manage a third in the Group III Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley last March.

“I’m very confident he can come back and silence his doubters and knockers,” said Busuttin. “I keep hearing how they don’t come back after winning the VRC Derby, that it’s not a serious race. But he can prove them wrong.”

Sangster ended his last campaign with a ninth to Ethiopia in the ATC Derby at Randwick and was then given a lengthy spell.

Since back from the break, Sangster has had two trials, the first being over 950 metres at Cambridge on November 14 and the other, when third over 1200 metres at Te Aroha 13 days later.

He’s strengthened up and put on 50kg,” said Busuttin. “He’s a Rating 95 now and we’re just going to concentrate on the one race, the Auckland Cup. He’ll have a limited preparation solely aimed at the Cup.”

Sangster is likely to resume over 1400 metres at Te Rapa next Saturday and Busuttin says he will definitely need the outing.