Racing: Derby hero awaiting Victoria-bound trainers

Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin will begin the 2016-17 season from their new base at Cranbourne. Picture / Darryl Sherer
Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin will begin the 2016-17 season from their new base at Cranbourne. Picture / Darryl Sherer

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have yet to confirm their departure date to Australia, but they will enjoy a group one welcome shortly after they arrive.

The Cambridge couple will begin the 2016-17 season from their new base at Cranbourne and with a prime Melbourne spring carnival contender in residence.

Their Australian Derby winner Tavago remained across the Tasman to spell after his stunning win at Randwick last month and will be pre-trained before they take over.

"He's still out spelling and then he will be going to Leon and Troy Corstens' beach facility on the Mornington Peninsula for a month to six weeks work," Busuttin said.

"All going well we will be going over sometime in mid to late July and he'll join us when we get there.

"We've mapped out a programme back from the Caulfield Cup with the Turnbull Stakes and the Makybe Diva Stakes, but that can all be subject to change."

The stable is continuing to work through the process of which horses will be crossing the Tasman with them with a number of youngsters in action at today's Waipa Racing Club meeting.

Richly-bred Zabeel gelding King Valour (Red Bins Ltd 1580) will make his debut at Te Awamutu off the back of two recent trial outings.

"He's going to make a nice staying horse and if he shows something he'll be on the plane," Busuttin said.

Natural Vitality (Waipa Workingmen's Club 1150) was unplaced first time out at Rotorua, where the track was controversially downgraded after one race and the absence of any rain from a dead6 to a slow9.

He had previously starred at the trials so improvement is expected from him on a truer surface while Old Farm Road (VE Veterinary Services 1150) has been a head-scratcher.

"He disappointed last time out - I thought he would be hard to beat and he was run off his feet," Busuttin said.

"He's looking for more ground, but on pedigree he's bred to be a 1000 metre horse."

- NZ Racing Desk

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