Trainer Jamie Edwards is confident Sertorius is in the right form to win Saturday’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, despite having been scratched from the final field of the Futurity Stakes a fortnight ago, nursing a minor ailment.
A standout performer for Edwards and co-trainer Bruce Elkington through the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, Sertorius has not been seen at the races since placing a disappointing eighth in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 22nd, having left outright favourite.
Thrilled with the condition of the Galileo gelding, Edwards told TVN the 2015 Blamey Stakes is likely to figure as the veteran’s sole Autumn Carnival appearance with a view towards major features through the Spring Racing Carnival.
“He’s ready to rock ‘n’ roll,” Edwards said.
“He’s only going to have a very light autumn. He’ll only have one, maybe two runs then get put away.
“He didn’t come up in the spring last year after he had a tough autumn; we’re not going to do that to him again. We’re going to give him a light autumn.”
Posting a commendable race record of nine wins and a further 13 minor place finishes from his 35 competitive appearances on course so far, Sertorius charged home to finish second in the Futurity Stakes first-up in 2014; progressing to third in the Blamey Stakes.
Continuing to impress in running fifth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and fourth in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m), the gelding out of Pretty Penny ended his standout campaign third on a rain-soaked track in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Included amongst a classy list of 13 in 2015 Blamey Stakes nominations, Sertorius will be more than a chance of figuring in contention if allocated a favourable barrier when the final field is confirmed on Wednesday.
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