Trans-Tasman interest for Busuttin-Young stable

Multiple Group One winner Sangster is set to begin his latest Australian campaign on Saturday, while his highly regarded stablemate El Roca will be pushing for a flight to Melbourne when he competes the same day at Ruakaka.

Sangster was flown to Melbourne last weekend and will contest the Gr. 2 $A300,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, a weight-for-age 1600 metres at Moonee Valley in which he will be ridden by Steven Arnold.

It is a change of plans from the original programme for Sangster and arose after the Auckland Cup winner finished unplaced in the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings a fortnight ago.

“He went a top race first-up in the Foxbridge Plate (for sixth),” said Trent Busuttin, who trains the top stayer in partnership with partner, Natalie Young. “But he blew out the last 200 metres last time and isn’t forward enough for the Underwood Stakes, so he’s going to miss that and instead run this weekend over 1600.

“He can’t win it, but this race works in well with the rest of his programme.”

Meanwhile at Ruakaka El Roca will be put to the test in the Listed $50,000 Westbury Stud Challenge Stakes, in which he will meet a smart line-up including three other unbeaten runners.

El Roca created a big impression when winning a trial and he lived up to expectations in his successful debut at Taupo when ridden by Leith Innes. This weekend Mark Du Plessis will take the reins with Innes riding Beauty’s Beast for Te Rapa trainer David Greene.

El Roca was nominated for both the Gr. 1 Cox Plate and the Gr. 1 Caulfield Guineas and he is still a live chance to get to Caulfield for the latter feature.

“We’ve made the second payment for the Caulfield Guineas, but he’ll have to win comprehensively on Saturday to go on with it,” said Busuttin.

The Busuttin – Young stable was the centre of focus going into the first juvenile race of the season at Wanganui last Saturday with the trials winner Maia’s Angel, who was backed down to microscopic odds but weakened to fourth.

“The way she won her trial and the way she had been working, I thought she’d bolt in at Wanganui, but she’s pulled up shinsore,” said Busuttin. “She’ll have a month out and we’ll start again with her.”