John Sargent is relishing his new training role in Sydney and more than satisfied with the progress already made.
“The horses have all settled in well and I’ve got 25 in the barn here and six more came over from New Zealand last week,” he said.
“There’s a lot of young ones and two-year-olds bought at the sales and a few of them will come in and go out.
“You need challenges and I’m loving it – it can take a while to get the results and get the systems right, but I’m very happy with the way things are going.”
Sargent will be represented in Sydney and Melbourne this weekend with his Gr.1 Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential ready to resume at Flemington.
“James McDonald will be riding her in the Let’s Elope and she’s fit and well and looks a lot stronger now,” he said. “She’ll head toward the Caulfield Cup.
“Kirramosa was a good first-up fourth and a bit unlucky at Canterbury and she could run in the Furious Stakes at Randwick at the weekend and she should go on with it.”
Another three-year-old that he has high future hopes for is Mountain View, a half-brother by High Chaparral to dual Group One winner Gee I Jane and the family of champion three-year-old Katie Lee and the Sargent-trained Gr.1 Diamond Stakes winner Banchee.
“He’ll go to a mile race at Newcastle on Saturday and he’s still growing and learning and with a bit of racing he’ll be right for those good three-year-old staying races coming up,” he said.
Listed Belle of the Turf winner and Gr.2 Emancipation Stakes placegetter Cathay Lady is another due to resume in the near future.
Sargent has also attracted new business to the Randwick operation. “I’ve got a horse called Moldowney from Ireland for OTI Racing and he’ll have a campaign and then go out and be ready for the big cups in Melbourne next spring,” he said.
By Dalakhani out of a Danehill mare, he has been a winner over ground during a light Northern Hemisphere career.
Sargent also has the Bertolini five-year-old Boogie Shoes, a three-time winner in England, due back in the stable shortly. “I gave him two runs and he ran third in the Tatts Mile at Doomben,” he said.
“He’s a lovely type of staying horse and will be ready from Christmas through to the autumn.”
NZ Racing Desk