Corstens’ Star in the mak­ing

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By MATHEW TOOGOOD

TROY Corstens can see some sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Starspan­gled­ban­ner and emerg­ing tal­ent Kobayashi who will be out to em­u­late the for­mer star gal­loper in Vain Stakes at Caulfield.

Corstens, who trains in part­ner­ship with his fa­ther Leon, has Kobayashi head­ing to to­mor­row’s Group 3 1100m-sprint for his first start since win­ning the Listed Red­oute’s Choice Stakes at the same track in late April.

Leon Corstens trained sprinter-miler Starspan­gled­ban­ner dur­ing his Aus­tralian ca­reer which in­cluded a win in the 2009 Vain Stakes on his way to claim­ing Group 1 Caulfield Guineas later that spring.

While Kobayashi still has a way to go to em­u­late the feats of Starspan­gled­ban­ner, who won twice at Group 1 level in Eng­land for trainer Ai­dan O’Brien, Troy Corstens sees sim­i­lar traits in the two.

“They look like they are re­ally hard-go­ing horses but they can find a lit­tle bit un­der pres­sure,” Corstens said.

“He’s ac­tu­ally a sim­i­lar horse to Starspan­gled­ban­ner.”

Corstens said they were still try­ing to de­ter­mine whether aim Kobayashi at the Caulfield Guineas over 1600m or the Group 1 Cool­more Stud Stakes

1200m at Flem­ing­ton later in the spring.

“Kobayashi s a re­ally good type and I can’t wait to see him back at the races on Satur­day,” he said.

“It’s a re­ally nice kickoff race for him.”

While Kobayashi has not raced since putting backto-back Caulfield wins to­gether in April, the colt re­mained sta­ble.

“He’s re­tained his sum­mer coat and looks fan­tas­tic,” Corstens said.

“I ba­si­cally left him in work and just ticked him over. He was trotting and can­ter­ing, and go­ing on the tread­mill,

ba­si­cally just had a freshen.”

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