Racing: Sargent packs up kitbag

Yet another leading New Zealand trainer closes stable door and heads for Australia

John Sargent.  Photo / NZ Herald
John Sargent. Photo / NZ Herald

New Zealand's premier stable will be reduced to satellite status with Waikato trainer John Sargent planning to train fulltime in Australia.

As he prepares Choisir colt Good Job Bro for an all-or-nothing Golden Slipper bid at Warwick Farm on Saturday, Sargent has revealed he has finalised plans to transpose his transtasman training operation.

"I'll be moving fulltime to Australia in a couple of months," said Sargent.

"It will be a good challenge but if you think you know your job you may as well go where the money is."

"There's good money here and it is getting tougher at home."

Sargent opened a Warwick Farm stable with limited numbers at the start of the 2012-2013 racing season.

As he had planned, Sargent confirmed his Matamata base, which produced a New Zealand record 111 winners last season, would become a feeder stable for his Australian operation.

"I won't be closing the New Zealand stable down," he said. "I'll get a lot of the young horses up and going over there because it works out cheaper."

Sargent has been active in the yearling sales market and he is preparing a campaign to syndicate his 2013 purchases.

On the racetrack, the first nine months of his foray into Sydney racing have been highlighted by a sequence of wins with Cathay Lady and the emergence of Good Job Bro as a possible Golden Slipper horse.

Cathay Lady earned black type with a Gosford win before a short break. She returns on Saturday.

Good Job Bro will take his place in the A$125,000 Skyline Stakes, a race which earns the winner ballot-free entry into the Golden Slipper.

Cathay Lady resumes with a rider change in the listed Wenona Girl Handicap after a nine-week break since winning in the same grade in the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford.

Blake Shinn was declared at acceptance time but Sargent said Brett Prebble, in town to ride Ferlax in the Randwick Guineas, would have the mount.

Despite the absence of glamour colts All Too Hard and Pierro the feature event at Warwick Farm on Saturday, the Randwick Guineas, has attracted a high-quality field.

There will be a stack of New Zealand interest in the performance of It's A Dundeel as the High Chaparral colt ups the ante on his way to the AJC Australian Derby on April 13.

He resumed with a strong finish for fourth behind Pierro, Rebel Dane and Proisir in the Hobartville Stakes but looks far better placed here.

Sacred Falls was a little disappointing in his resuming effort behind Rebel Dane and will find his task a difficult one on Saturday from barrier nine, one inside behind another former Kiwi in Tougher Than Ever, who raced here as Warhorse.

With the favoured trio of Rebel Dane, It's A Dundeel and Proisir drawing the three inside gates their rivals will need to be at their best, including Australian Guineas winner Ferlax, who has drawn eight.

R6 6.10: Randwick Guineas, A$505,000, 1600m. - It's a Dundeel (2), Tatra (12), Proisir (3), Ferlax (8), Tougher Than Ever (10), Sacred Falls (9), Rebel Dane (1), Ashokan (13), Proverb (11), Solemn (6), High Shot (7), Casino Swoop (4), Shawano (5) 56.5.


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