2016 Doomben Cup an Option for Sertorius

February 10th, 2016

Trainer Jamie Edwards has revealed stable star Sertorius has overcome an injury sustained in last year’s Zipping Classic and is hopeful the veteran will remain in work ahead of a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign that could include a race like the 2016 Doomben Cup (2000m).

Sertorius may target a race like the 2016 Doomben Cup upon resuming this year. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Sertorius may target a race like the 2016 Doomben Cup upon resuming this year. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

A strong and consistent performer for Edwards since first appearing on course in 2010, Sertorius required a couple of runs to find form upon resuming in spring, but placed sixth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) third-up on October 10th.

Unlucky to be blocked for a run and ninth in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m), the Galileo gelding beat half the field home in a good performance for 12th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) before sustaining a foot injury when fourth in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) on November 14th.

Edwards told Racing Victoria the plan is to look towards a race in the late Autumn Carnival before heading north for a race like the 2016 Doomben Cup this time.

“We’re going to come in late in the autumn, so all the normal autumn targets we’ll probably miss,” Edwards said.

“We’ll see how he goes first- and second-up in Victoria, but we’ll probably end up in Brisbane this year.

“He put on plenty of pudding, but he’s come to hand a lot quicker than we first thought.

“Originally, we thought we were going to look at the Victoria Handicap for him at Easter, but he’s probably two weeks in advance of that.

“So we might head to the Shaftesbury Avenue, but his first target was the Victoria Handicap so that’s where we’re aiming at.

“But we’ll let the horse be the boss, and if he comes up a bit earlier, there’s a couple of good options for him.”

Placed at Group 1 level multiple times throughout his career, Sertorius has posted an impressive ten wins and fourteen minors through a total of 43 competitive starts.

“We really looked after him as a young horse,” Edwards continued.

“In the last two years, we’ve got a fair bit of racing out of him.

“But he’s been good, and he worked up beautifully this morning, he’s got no soundness issues at all, so I’d expect the horse to come up as good as ever.”

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