Sangster’s BMW start under cloud

Trent Busuttin admits he’s sitting on the fence with Sangster after the Auckland Cup winner finished seventh in the Group I $A400,000 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday.

Sangster headed to Sydney with a two-race mission in mind, the second leg being the Group I $A2.25 million BMW (2400m) at Randwick on April 6. But Busuttin says he and partner Natalie Young will wait a few more days before making a final decision over the major assignment.

“He went all right, but not great,” said Busuttin when assessing Sangster’s effort in the Ranvet Stakes. “He was coming back from 3200 to 2000 metres and he got a lot further back in the running than we wanted, but he still had his chance to finish closer.

“At the top of the straight I thought he was going to go past Silent Achiever, but he didn’t and he just battled the last bit. If he’d finished two lengths closer and hit the line stronger I would have been rapt.

“He’s got to be 100 percent to press on for the BMW. It’s going to be a tough race and it’s no use just going around because he’s over there.”

The plan was to ride Sangster within range of the leaders, but he banged his head on the side of the barrier stalls when he jumped.

“He copped a black eye so he wouldn’t have been feeling too flash in the race, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse,” said Busuttin. “I was really happy with him going into the race.”

Sangster was ridden as usual by Opie Bosson, who shared the same views on the performance. “I thought he’d run a bit better than that,” said Bosson.