Stable chasing trans-Tasman features

Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin (pictured) and Natalie Young are on either side of the Tasman attempting to give the stable a notable double within two days.

Busuttin is in Melbourne with the stable’s Group I VRC Derby winner Sanger, preparing for a start in the Group II Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley tomorrow night, while Young is on her way to Trentham tomorrow in a bid to win Saturday’s Listed $50,000 NZ St Leger with Star Of Show.

Sangster has failed to threaten in his two starts so far this campaign, but have been far short of his best. He ran last in the Group I Waikato Draught Sprint (wfa 1400m) at Te Rapa and beat one home in the Group I
Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 3.

“We thought he would go a bit better in the Australian Guineas,” said Young. “He had been working really well before he left here. We’re hoping it was just the second-up syndrome, though he did miss a trial before he went over.

“Trent is happy with him and we’ve got Danny Nikolic riding him on Friday night,” said Young. “If he runs well he’ll go up to Sydney on Sunday and will run in the Rosehill Guineas before the Derby.”

Sangster’s VRC Derby win hasn’t been the only highlight for Busuttin and his fiancée Young this season. The couple also picked up the Trentham Stakes — Wellington Cup double with Six O’Clock News, who tried hard
when third in Shez Sinsational’s Stella Artois Auckland Cup.

Now the stable has a good chance to add the NZ St Leger to the Trentham haul with Star Of Show, who pleased when working very well earlier this week.

“Trentham has been good to me,” said Young. “I took Six O’Clock News down for his two big wins and I also took Barside down when he won the Wellington Guineas.”

Star Of Show must rate as a top chance in the St Leger, having not finishing further back than third in his last eight starts. He won three in a row before a second at New Plymouth and he was very unlucky not to
win last start at Ellerslie over 2200 metres when late into the clear.

“A stride past the post and he was in front,” said Young. “He’s improved so much this season. He’s learnt to settle down and that’s got  a lot to do with it.”

James McDonald, who is in red hot form, will ride Star Of Show.