Trainer Jamie Edwards has confirmed talented stayer Sertorius has resumed work ahead of a return to racing in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 30 to begin a busy 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
Performing well in major weight-for-age events over the 2014 autumn, including an impressive run for second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on February 22nd, Edwards said he could not be happier with the way Sertorius is returning from a spell and is expecting an ideal lead-up to the Memsie Stakes in late August.
“He just got off the truck from Sydney and it is good to have the good horse back in the stable,” Edwards told RSN.
“He got his shoes put on him and we will start working him tomorrow and he will head off to the spring.
“This is the best that I have seen him coming out of the paddock.
“He is traditionally not a great speller, but I deliberately left him up in Sydney because of the weather and it was easily the best he has looked at the start of a campaign.”
Contesting major events alongside the likes of now-retired stars It’s A Dundeel, Fiorente and Shamus Award through autumn, Edwards is excited by Sertorius’ chances of success this spring, and is confident he will have the measure of his locally-trained competitors.
“This will be his best prep what is in front of him,” Edwards added.
“We raced against a good level of horses last time in and Fiorente and It’s A Dundeel and them aren’t around, so it sort of leaves him as the seasoned weight-for-age horse.
“We will start him off in the Memsie and head towards the Turnbull.
“After the Turnbull we will look at the Caulfield Cup in two weeks and the Cox Plate in three weeks and it just all depends.
“If he is looking for the mile and a half we will obviously go to the Caulfield Cup and if he just seems nice and sharp and fresh we will miss that and go to the Cox Plate.
“The Turnbull will be where we make a decision, which way that we turn with him.
Claiming an impressive total of nine wins and 13 minor places from 31 competitive starts to date, Sertorius contested a particularly consistent six race preparation over the autumn of 2014; finishing no worse than fifth in four Group 1 races, including a fighting third in the Sydney Cup (3200m) last time out on April 19th.
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