Ser­to­rius pace maker

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GEE­LONG trainer Jamie Ed­wards will take it one step at a time with sta­ble star Ser­to­rius, who crushed his ri­vals at Caulfield yes­ter­day.

Ser­to­rius was a dom­i­nant three-length win­ner in the $ 80,000 Bluecross Community and Res­i­den­tial Ser­vices Plate (1600m), com­mand­ing the race at the front be­fore kick­ing away in the straight.

The lightly raced five-yearold ran 0.5sec quicker than Com­mand­ing Jewel, who won yes­ter­day’s Group 1 Thou­sand Guineas.

Ed­wards, who is co-trainer with Bruce Elk­ing­ton, played down the win, de­spite the geld­ing stamp­ing him­self as a horse to fol­low throughout the spring.

‘‘I couldn’t be any hap­pier with him, third- up over a mile is what I wanted to achieve with him and we were able to do that to­day,’’ Ed­wards said.

‘‘ He ran about half- asec­ond quicker than the Group 1, so he has done a bit of time.

‘‘Cer­tainly we won’t be get­ting too car­ried away with the win. It wasn’t a Listed or a Group win. It was only a re­stricted grade race and they al­ways look good.

‘‘The best part of it is that he is car­ry­ing weight and he is run­ning time.

‘‘He is the one sit­ting on the pace. It isn’t like he is sit­ting back and do­ing noth­ing to sit home. He does all the don­key work in front and runs away from them.’’

Ed­wards said Ser­to­rius was likely to head to the $150,000 Sale Cup on Oc­to­ber 28.

‘‘He will be nom­i­nated for Sale and, if that is where we go, then that is where we go,’’ he said.

‘‘ If not, it will be Mel­bourne Cup day, Derby day or Stakes day — he will go to one of them. Maybe the Eclipse Stakes or Bal­larat Cup, some­thing like that.

‘‘This prepa­ra­tion was all about see­ing how good he was. We keep rais­ing the bar with him and he keeps jump­ing nice and high.’’

The well-backed Ser­to­rius ($2.80) had no prob­lems get­ting to the front from the awk­ward bar­rier, al­low­ing jockey Ryan Maloney to con­trol the race’s tempo.

‘‘He hit a lit­tle flat spot, but as soon as I put one on his tail, he re­ally re­sponds,’’ Maloney said. ‘‘He re­ally toys with them.’’

Photo: SLICKPIX

Train­ers Jamie Ed­wards and Bruce Elk­ing­ton with Ser­to­rius’s con­nec­tions, in­clud­ing owner Mike Palmer.

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