The Sportsman Weekend - - News - CRAIG BREN­NAN

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.”

Colin Lit­tle.

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