Sangster On Road To 2012 Melbourne Cup

Troy Busuttin got the thrill of his training career over the spring carnival when Sangster upset a string of more fancied rivals to win the Group 1 Victoria Derby.

It was the perfect end to a long campaign in which the horse had thrived since arriving in Australia.

Originally from New Zealand, he actually won first up over 1200m at Warwick Farm back in March.

It was only a low level race though and it was always expected he’d get better as the distance increased.

That proved to be the case as he finished second over 1400m in the Ming Dynasty Handicap.

He had a setback when 8th over 1800m in the Gloaming Stakes but with a third over 2000m in the Spring Champion Stakes and an unlucky second over the same trip in the Norman Robinson he was always in good stead for the Derby trip.

Despite this Busuttin feels the horse may not have earned the credibility he deserved.

“I think people are quick to put a bad buzz on the Victoria Derby every year but you go through the years there’s horses like Shogun Lodge and Octagonal,” he said.

The trainer himself certainly isn’t selling his horse short, his next aim is using the horses qualification on the first Tuesday in November.

“Probably the ultimate would be the Melbourne Cup, obviously it’s half the battle to get into the race for a New Zealand horse,” he said.

Short term though he’ll be looking for a rare double with the AJC Australian Derby.

“He comes back into work today, come in a week early because he was doing too well,’ he said.

“To look at the horse at the start of the spring he still had a long way t go so it’s obviously a good thing.”

His campaign will start with one race on home soil before being sent back across the ditch to either Sydney or Melbourne.

“He’ll kick off in a weight for age 1400m race here at the start of February and we’ll like at either going to Sydney and the traditional Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas Derby or we’ll look at going to Melbourne,” he said.

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