VASSILATOR SET TO GO ONE BETTER
TRAINER Colin Little has set his sights on winning a three-yearold race at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival with Vassilator.
It’s not the main three-yearold prize, Group 1 Victoria Derby, but a shorter race run on the same day.
The Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) tomorrow became Little’s focus after Vassilator’s second to The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas.
Vassilator was a $101 chance when beaten by The Autumn Sun on October 13.
Little sent Vassilator to the paddock for a short rest after that run resisting the temptation of the Derby.
“He had a week in the paddock and did really well so he’s off to the Carbine. He’s not ready run in the Derby,” Little said.
“He’s got the potential to win a Group 1 but needs more time.
“Hopefully next autumn that could be the case.”
Vassilator has raced three times at Flemington, winning twice over 1400m in April and May.
His only other performance was over the straight 1200m when seventh in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes, September.
Trainer James Cummings will use the Carbine Club Stakes as a barometer to with progressive colt Ranier.
“The Carbine Club is a very hard race to win, and if he could to do that then he’s going to be a Guineas horse next autumn,” Cummings said.
“Horses like Kermadec who weren’t quite mature enough in the spring were capable of winning the Carbine Club and coming back and winning a Guineas in autumn.
The son of Lonhro made amends for an unlucky defeat in the at Flemington with a solid win in the Listed Gothic Stakes at Caulfield to break his maiden status.
“He was able to get into a beautiful rhythm in the Gothic Stakes and once he went for home, he found something.”